Tuesday, October 4, 2016

FirstNet - Coming to an Area Near You

The tragedy of 9/11 and technological advancements are influencing the way we respond to and engage emergency operations. The First Responder Network (FirstNet) provides the mechanism to provide emergency responders with real-time information and connections to enhance response efforts.

The History of the First Responder Network

"Signed into law on February 22, 2012, the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act created the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The law gives FirstNet the mission to build, operate and maintain the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. FirstNet will provide a single interoperable platform for emergency and daily public safety communications."

Smart Response - A Wildland Fire Example

"More than ever, data is a crucial weapon in the fight against wildfires, says Ken Kremensky, Barona, Calif., fire chief, in this video. 

San Diego County, where Barona is located, sees wildfires regularly – in urban and remote areas, as well as on tribal reservations. Mobile data computers provide the vital, real-time information firefighters need, such as where to dispatch, wind conditions, humidity, structure locations, road conditions and availability of water supply. 

Access to data and technology not only keeps firefighters themselves safer, Chief Kremensky says, it helps the various agencies fighting wildfires work together as a team to save lives and property." (FirstNet)

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