“It’s amazing what this network is going to provide for emergency medical services across the nation — things we only dreamed about five years ago.”

– Paul Patrick,
FirstNet Board Member and Division Director, Family Health and Preparedness, Utah Department of Health 

Always-on connection, priority and preemption, innovative tools 

As an EMS professional, you know that rapid access to information is a lifesaver. From mapping applications and patient health databases to information exchange with emergency rooms, you can use data to respond more effectively, but you need a network that works when and where you respond.  

FirstNet will bring you priority access and improved coverage so you can provide the best pre-hospital care possible. FirstNet can help you:  

  • Transmit images in real time from new diagnostic tools, such as ultrasound and CT

  • Exchange real‐time audio/video feeds with hospitals and physicians while on the scene and during transport 

  • Send sensitive patient data securely

  • Use patient tracking and bed management software for real-time monitoring 

Complementing radio networks, available for agencies or BYOD 

FirstNet provides high‐speed data services and non-mission-critical voice to augment the capabilities of today’s Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems. Because many paramedics depend on their personal mobile devices on the job, FirstNet is available for qualified, individual first responders who want to transition to the FirstNet network. 

Meet your EMS Subject Matter Expert

In the early days of his career, FirstNet Senior Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Advisor Brent Williams was a paramedic working private EMS. He was then accepted to work with the Ingham County Sheriff Department in Michigan as a police officer/paramedic. For 11 years, Brent responded to emergencies as an officer with a stethoscope.

After more than three decades as a first responder in the field, Brent wanted to share his firsthand knowledge as a consultant. Most recently, before joining FirstNet, Brent was an EMS Radio Communications Consultant to the EMS and Trauma Systems Section of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. He has also served as a longstanding member of the Department of Homeland Security SAFECOM Emergency Response Council.

Brent enjoys speaking at different EMS meetings around the country about FirstNet, and draws from his wealth of experience to explain the endless advantages the network is anticipated to bring, like advanced diagnostic capabilities, a better picture of what patients need in real-time, and more medical data resources to pull from than ever before.

Brent is available to meet or talk with agencies who want to learn more about FirstNet and help the First Responder Network Authority shape the future of the FirstNet network and public safety communications.

Brent Williams

SME Contact

Brent Williams