FirstNet Blogs

Honoring the First Responders Who Led the Way

September 11, 2018
By Kevin McGinnis, MPS, Paramedic Chief (Ret.), FirstNet Board Member

If you are like me, it is hard to imagine that today we mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11. I remember that tragic September day as if it were yesterday. Each year, time should be taken to reflect on the nearly 3,000 lives lost, and to honor among those our colleagues lost in response to that cataclysm.

GPS Technology Delivers Critical Lifeline for First Responders

Now as first responders begin to take advantage of FirstNet in communities nationwide, we have a new opportunity for GPS-enabled devices to help save lives.
September 7, 2018
By J. David Grossman, Executive Director, GPS Innovation Alliance

This blog is a repost from the GPS Innovation Alliance.

The FCC updated its location accuracy requirements in 2015, recognizing that technologies such as “Assisted GPS” offered opportunities for even greater improvements in location accuracy. And just this summer, Apple announced that its next software update will automatically make device-based location information available through its integration partner(s) (only one has been announced to date) to 911 centers when a person calls 911, thanks to a suite of technologies including Wi-Fi, cellular towers and GPS.

FirstNet debuts in Orem, UT bolsters emergency communication at Summerfest

FirstNet was put to the test by the Orem Fire and Police Departments who patrolled the event’s parade and festivities on foot, bicycle and by car.
August 31, 2018
By: Tracey Murdock, Regional Lead, First Responder Network Authority

Nicknamed “Family City USA”, the Mayor’s recent efforts to bolster economic development and security for Orem’s 88,000+ residents have helped the city live up to its name.  Recently one of these projects came to fruition when Orem became an early adopter of FirstNet by subscribing to the nation’s first broadband network dedicated exclusively to public safety emergency communication.

Early Benefits of FirstNet: Support is Available to Public Safety 24/7/365

When severe weather crippled communications for Connecticut public safety, FirstNet and AT&T were there to help restore them.
August 29, 2018

This blog is the fourth in a series highlighting the 5 Early Benefits of FirstNet for public safety. FirstNet is the nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to America’s first responders. Created through a public-private partnership between the First Responder Network Authority and AT&T, FirstNet is a much-needed technology upgrade to connect public safety to the vital information they need—every day, in every emergency.

FirstNet helps public works agencies coordinate with public safety partners for unified response to emergencies

Public works officials continuously coordinate with police, fire, and EMS to support the response to emergencies or disasters. Pictured left to right: Gainesville (FL) Fire Chief Jeff Lane; Police Chief Tony Jones; Asst. Police Chief Terry Pierce; and Public Works Director Phil Mann.
August 27, 2018
By Philip R. Mann, Public Works Director, City of Gainesville, FL

No community is immune to emergencies or disasters. In every state, county, and municipality—across all levels of government and branches of public service—there are dedicated men and women working to prepare for and respond to incidents to keep communities safe and aid in recovery.


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