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PSAC’s New Approach to Working with the FirstNet Authority, AT&T

PSAC meets with the FirstNet Authority at its Summer meeting in June 2018.
November 14, 2018
By Kenzie Capece, Senior Public Safety Advisor

This year, the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) debuted new methods of working with the FirstNet Authority and its partner, AT&T, on advising their work towards the FirstNet mission.  With the FirstNet network realized in 2018, this is bringing a new focus and flurry of work and activity to the PSAC in their advisory role.        

Washington County, MD turns to FirstNet during critical incident response

During an event marking one year of FirstNet in the State of Maryland, Sheriff Mullendore discusses how the network is benefited Washington County during severe flooding in the spring of 2018.
November 7, 2018
By Lori Stone, Region III Lead, First Responder Network Authority

The Washington County Sheriff’s office is leading the nation on transforming public safety communications and is putting FirstNet to use serving rural communities. The agency was among the first in the nation – and the very first in the State of Maryland – to subscribe to the nationwide public safety broadband network.

FirstNet and EMS: Partners in patient care

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.
October 25, 2018
By Brent Williams, Senior EMS Advisor, First Responder Network Authority

EMS using FirstNet are already seeing its possibilities and learning how the dedicated communication system dramatically supports their work in the field.

For example, during the 2018 Volvo Ocean Race in Newport, RI – an event where tens of thousands of tourists used their phones to send pictures and receive updates on races – the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) stayed in constant communication with field personnel and maintained better situational awareness using FirstNet.

New opportunities for agencies to engage with FirstNet Authority on operationalizing mobile data

Episode 10 of the Public Safety First Podcast highlights FirstNet's engagement strategy.
October 24, 2018
By Chris Algiere, Director of Federal and National Programs for Public Safety Advocacy

More than 3,600 agencies have now joined FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network dedicated to America’s first responders. As public safety agencies sign up for FirstNet and tap into the key capabilities of their network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) continues to work hand-in-hand with them to understand their current and future broadband needs.

Tech Talk: Gold Coast, Australia, 3GPP Plenary Meetings Recap

FirstNet Authority participates in 3GPP Plenary meetings held September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.
October 5, 2018
By Dean Prochaska, Senior Director of Standards, First Responder Network Authority

This blog post is part of the "Tech Talk" series focused on the FirstNet Authority’s standards development activities to support the public safety community needs.  This post recaps discussions linked to public safety and other related topics from the 3GPP Plenary meetings that were conducted from September 10-14, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.  The First Responder Network Authority (“FirstNet Authority”) represented public safety interests at the plenary meetings.

 

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