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Smooth Sailing for FirstNet at Volvo Ocean Race

“When we tried the new technology that came out of FirstNet and applied it to [the Volvo Ocean Race], tracking public safety entities in the venue was great for situational awareness,” said Tom Guthlein, Operations Section Chief for the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency.
June 20, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Newport, Rhode Island hosted the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race, it was the only North American stopover out of 12 cities on six continents during this around-the-world sailing event. For 13 days in May, over 100,000 tourists and sailing enthusiasts descended onto Newport’s Race Village in Fort Adams State Park to witness one of the world’s toughest sailings competitions. 

From hurricanes to tropical storms, Emergency Managers are at the center of community preparedness

FirstNet devices used to track severe weather events and share real time data with responders.
June 14, 2018
By: Charles R. Murph, First Responder Network Authority, Region IV Lead

Emergency managers are at the center of community preparedness and response should an emergency or disaster strike. As hurricane season is upon us, it is a reminder of the important work of our nation’s emergency managers who put service to their communities first in times of need.

FirstNet Has Arrived: What EMS Professionals Need to Know about Public Safety’s Broadband Network

“I've long seen the vision of what FirstNet can do for EMS. While there is still much more work to do, it's exciting to say that FirstNet is a reality.” – Kevin McGinnis, FirstNet Board Member
June 12, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, FirstNet Board Member

For many years, I’ve been talking to my fellow paramedics and colleagues in EMS about the promise of FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network. There were a lot of “whens” and “ifs” and “we expect” in those discussions.

FirstNet Responds After Strong Storms Hit Western Connecticut

Following a May 15, 2018 storm, Brookfield, CT fire and police were able to quickly take advantage of FirstNet to help coordinate recovery efforts to area residents.
June 8, 2018
By Michael Varney, Area Lead, First Responder Network Authority

When the town of Brookfield, Connecticut was hit hard by a tremendous storm with wind speeds over 100 miles per hour, most of the area’s communications infrastructure was damaged and overloaded. For Brookfield Assistant Fire Chief Andrew Ellis the lack of communications threatened his ability to coordinate multiple agencies on scene providing mutual aid.

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting

FirstNet Chair Sue Swenson Delivers Keynote at the 2018 PSCR Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting.
June 5, 2018

Remarks by Sue Swenson, FirstNet Chair

Public Safety Communications Research (PSCR) Program Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting, San Diego, CA, June 5, 2018

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