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Data sharing, cost savings incentivize Local EMS to adopt FirstNet

FirstNet Authority Senior EMS Advisor speaks with Dr. Paul Zeeb, Medical Director for the Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium in Central Ohio, and Plain Township (OH) Assistant Fire Chief Jack Rupp about the benefits of FirstNet for EMS.
January 16, 2019
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

FirstNet is making its mark across the country and as I meet with emergency medical services professionals, I’m pleased to hear their feedback on the initial benefits of having their own dedicated network. With more than 5,250 public safety agencies currently subscribed...

Remembering Ed Reynolds, a FirstNet Pioneer

Ed Reynolds served on the FirstNet Board from its inception in 2012 until 2018.  He was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame in 2018.
January 4, 2019
By Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO

The First Responder Network Authority team is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Board member Ed Reynolds on New Year’s Day.  Ed was inducted into the Wireless Hall of Fame just a few months ago after an accomplished career in wireless technology spanning several decades.

FirstNet at CES 2019: Spotlight on Technology for Building Community Resiliency

FirstNet CES 2019: Las Vegas, NV l January 8-12. Visit us at Booth #1201 Westgate in the CES Smart Cities – Resiliency Exhibit Hall.
January 4, 2019

First responders know all too well that emergencies and natural disasters can strike at any time. In 2018, communities across the nation were hit particularly hard – from Hurricanes Florence and Michael on the East Coast, to massive and destructive wildfires on the West Coast.

FirstNet Authority’s Technology and Innovation Team Gains First-Hand Experience with Local Boulder, CO Fire Department

Firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Lab to give staff an opportunity to get hands-on with fire gear, equipment, and tools.
December 17, 2018
By Barry Leitch, Senior Device Engineer and Gigy Mammarappallil, Device Team Lead

Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District (BMFPD) is a volunteer fire department that serves an area in the mountainous Front Range area just west of Boulder, Colorado.  Recently, a team of four BMFPD firefighters brought an attack engine to the FirstNet Authority offices in Boulder. 

Guam Workshop Highlights FirstNet Capabilities for Island Communities

FirstNet Authority holds technology and operations workshop in Guam with about 80 public safety stakeholders.
December 3, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs

Last week, the First Responder Network Authority held an Agency Operations and Technology Workshop in Tamuning, Guam, with nearly 80 public safety stakeholders in attendance.  Local, federal, and military agencies participated in the conference with representation from Guam’s Emergency Management, Fire, Police, DoD, and military.  Representatives from American Samoa and Hawaii also participated in the conference.


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