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Chief Richard Carrizzo

Chief Carrizzo Appointed Chair of FirstNet Authority Board

April 27, 2023

RESTON, Va. - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced the appointment of Chief Richard Carrizzo to be Chair of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) Board.

Chief Carrizzo has been in the fire and emergency service for nearly 40 years and is currently the Fire Chief for the Southern Platte Fire Protection District (MO). He was appointed to the FirstNet Authority Board in 2018 and has served as Vice Chair since 2020. 

“I am honored to be named Chair of the FirstNet Authority Board and thank Secretary Raimondo for the appointment,” said Chief Richard Carrizzo. “As a first responder myself, I have been so proud to see what the FirstNet Authority has accomplished for our nation’s public safety community. The FirstNet Authority has brought the nation’s only public safety broadband network to life in just a few short years. As we look to the future of FirstNet, I am excited to step into this role and work with my colleagues on the Board, the FirstNet Authority team, and the public safety community to deliver critical communications for America’s first responders.”


About the First Responder Network Authority

The First Responder Network Authority is an independent authority within the U.S. Department of Commerce. Created in 2012, its mission is to ensure the building, deployment, and operation of the nationwide broadband network that equips first responders to save lives and protect U.S. communities. Learn more at and follow the FirstNet Authority (@FirstNetGov) on Facebook and Twitter.