First Responder Network: “The Time is Now,” says Virginia Fire Chief

The following blog was first published on  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



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