The following blog was first published on firstnet.gov on December 7, 2017. It’s authored by Mike Worrerll, FirstNet Senior Fire Services Adivsor
In July, Virginia became the first state or territory to “opt in” and participate in the deployment of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public safety broadband network. This dedicated, interoperable, data communications network will enhance emergency response operations throughout the fire and emergency service for years to come.
In anticipation of FirstNet’s arrival in the Commonwealth, officials from Fairfax County have been working closely with public safety agencies to ensure the Network will be accessible to the County’s first responders as soon as possible.
In this video presentation, hear from Fairfax Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Bowers about his agency’s adoption of the AT&T FirstNet solution. “If you want to improve your communications…enhance your ability to communicate on a daily basis on incidents, the time is now,” Chief Bowers says of FirstNet. In addition, Michael Newburn, Communications Technology Manager with the Fairfax County Department of Information Technology, talks about how easy it is to sign up and turn on FirstNet services.
Excitement for the FirstNet Network continues to grow across the country with more than 35 states having joined the network already. The International Association of Fire Chiefs has led the way in advocating for a dedicated public safety network. To learn more about the possibilities of FirstNet coming to your community, please contact the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) within your state or territory, or feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
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