Bruce Fitzgerald

Emergency Management
Subject Matter Expert

Bruce Fitzgerald

Office: 240-246-4738

As an emergency manager, you know that one of your most important duties is to turn data into actionable information for all responding entities. FirstNet equips you with a reliable broadband connection and key features like priority and preemption that allow you to collect and share data to improve response. With FirstNet, you can:

  • Provide prioritized connectivity for disaster response and recovery operations with the ability to preempt commercial traffic on the network.
  • Stream high-volume data to and from the Emergency Operations Center to maintain situational awareness and a common operating picture.
  • Track vehicles, equipment, personnel, and evacuees with greater speed and accuracy.
  • Utilize public safety and emergency management apps via the FirstNet App Catalog.
  • Take advantage of the 72 FirstNet-dedicated network deployable assets, plus three flying Cells on Wings and an aerostat (or blimp); available at no cost to FirstNet subscribers, FirstNet deployables boost or replace coverage when existing infrastructure is overloaded or destroyed.
  • Integrate with Next Generation 9-1-1 and Smart Cities applications.


Quality of Service, Priority and Preemption

FirstNet provides a reliable, resilient, highly available wireless connection for emergency response. Priority and preemption capabilities are always on, not externally activated. This ensures first responders stay connected during large emergencies when commercial networks can become overwhelmed. FirstNet’s priority capabilities have been battle-tested by public safety during natural disasters, emergency incidents, and pre-planned events.

Local Control for Users and Applications

Through an easy-to-use dashboard, FirstNet primary agencies have the unique ability to “uplift” all users, including extended primary users, to a higher priority status during planned events and disaster incidents. Because emergency managers work closely with extended primary organizations, such as utilities, NGOs, and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) groups, you will benefit from this capability.

For public safety, by public safety

Through a robust consultation effort, the First Responder Network Authority works with the emergency management community to ensure the FirstNet network meets your needs.