Fire Service

“We like to have all the information that we possibly can when we’re responding to and managing an incident. I think that’s a lot of what FirstNet is going to be.” -

- Chief Keith Bryant,
Oklahoma City Fire Department

As a member of the fire service, you know having the right tools improves response. You and your department rely on mobile applications to provide computer aided dispatching, mapping tools, patient care reporting, and hazardous materials information. But during emergencies or large events, congestion on commercial networks can make your vital data sources unreachable or unreliable.

Always-on connection, priority and preemption, innovative tools

Whether sending images of wildfires or downloading building plans, FirstNet provides fire personnel improved network coverage and network priority, preemption, and quality of service. The FirstNet network will also enable you to:

  • Share images and video, or access weather and traffic data for a clearer operational picture as incidents unfold
  • Quickly and reliably connect to other agencies and jurisdictions as an emergency unfolds
  • Track assets and personnel
  • Take the network along to remote locations
  • Use mapping applications that share lookout positions, escape routes, safety zones, and water sources

Through robust consultation effort with states, territories, tribes, public safety associations, first responders, and its Public Safety Advisory Committee, the First Responder Network Authority works with fire personnel as a guiding force in network planning to help ensure the FirstNet network meets your needs.

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 firefighters 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 Fire Service Subject Matter Expert

Mike Worrell is the First Responder Network Authority Senior Public Safety Advisor for the Fire Service. Mike served 29 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, his last position being Technical Services Division Chief. He was also a member of the National Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support team, and a qualified Communications Unit Leader and Communications Technician instructor. Before he joined the fire department, Mike was an Electronics Technician in the Navy’s Submarine Service.

Mike enjoys explaining to first responder groups around the country how FirstNet provides voice and data communications and that enable them to exchange visual images and real-time video with other responders both before and during emergencies. He tells them that when they’re responding to catastrophic scenes in other jurisdictions, they’ll be better informed when they arrive, because FirstNet will provide all responders with better situational awareness. This allows for more informed decisions, making guesswork a thing of the past.

Mike 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.

Mike Worrell

SME Contact

Mike Worrell