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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Wisconsin's dispatchers recognized for helping keep citizens safe - April 3, 2018

CONTACT: Lori Getter | ngwi.pao@mail.mil | 608-242-3239

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker has declared April 8-14 as Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The week is designed to recognize Wisconsin’s dispatchers and communicators who play a vital role in public safety.

Maj. Gen. Don Dunbar, Wisconsin’s adjutant general and Wisconsin’s Homeland Security advisor, joins the governor in thanking dispatchers for the important job they do. Last fall, the Office of Emergency Communications was created within the Department of Military Affairs to help coordinate interoperability programs in Wisconsin, including Next Generation 911 — programs that will provide new resources for dispatchers.

“Dispatchers are the unseen heroes,” Dunbar said. “They are the calming voice people hear when they dial 9-1-1. Dispatchers and telecommunicators coordinate the emergency assistance from fire, law enforcement and EMS. They are a highly trained group that help those in need anytime day or night.”

Currently Wisconsin has 109 public safety answer points (PSAPs) or 9-1-1 dispatcher centers that receive more than 2.9 million emergency and non-emergency calls each year. Dispatchers not only assist the public but also provide support to public safety agencies utilizing telephones, radios, computers and other communications devices.

“Today most 911 calls are made from cellphones which does not necessarily show where the call is from,” said Office of Emergency Communications Director Tom Czaja. “Next Generation 911 will provide more tools for our dispatchers that will help them locate where the call originated from and to be able to get emergency help to the scene to help save lives.”
Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Wisconsin Interoperability Update - April 3, 2018

MADISON, Wis. — As part of the state budget Gov. Scott Walker signed into law last fall, several interoperability programs — including Next Generation 911, Land Mobile Radio (LMR), WISCOM and FirstNet — were transferred to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA). The change consolidated the various programs under one agency for improved coordination.

DMA established the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) and selected Tom Czaja as director. Team members include Molly Boss as supervisor; Jessica Jimenez, 911/FirstNet program manager; Josh Ripp, WISCOM program manager; Gene Oldenburg, LMR/Interoperability program manager and Laurie VanderJagt, operations assistant.               

The budget bill also required creating a governor-appointed 19-member subcommittee on 911. The new committee includes representatives of private and public stakeholder groups, and is part of the State Interoperability Council. Their statutory mandate is to advise and assist OEC.

OEC has been reviewing interoperability programs and establishing a path forward. This includes working with Wisconsin Department of Administration to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an ESInet system in Wisconsin to provide connectivity for Next Gen 911 at dispatch centers and another RFP to replace the aging statewide radio system. Both RFP processes should be completed this fall.

With the many changes in interoperability, DMA will provide regular updates on the status of the four main programs. Given the makeup and participation of the various committees, these communications should come as no surprise as the key stakeholder groups are represented on the Interoperability Committee, the established subcommittees, and the newly formed Next Gen 911 subcommittee.

Any interoperability program questions can be directed to OEC at interop@wisconsin.gov or 608-888-5501. To receive the updates, please subscribe at https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIDMA/subscriber/new?category_id=WIDMA_C7
Monday, April 02, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - April 2, 2018

April 2, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         The First Responder Network Authority and AT&T announced the delivery and launch of the dedicated FirstNet core network for public safety, meeting another monumental milestone for public safety! The FirstNet core network is the first-ever nationwide Long-Term Evolution (LTE) core network infrastructure built specifically for our nation’s first responder community, separating public safety traffic from commercial traffic.

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff presented last week at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Western Regional Conference in Tacoma, Washington.

 

·         Staff also presented a FirstNet network update at the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) Telecom Initiative Advisory Meeting last week in Tempe, Arizona.

 

·         Also last week, First Responder Network Authority staff presented a FirstNet update at the South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association Conference in Charleston. 

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff also attended the Maine Fire Chiefs Association Professional Development Conference last week in Newry.  

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in the Connecticut Emergency Management Symposium in Cromwell; the New England Division of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Conference in Portsmouth, New Hampshire; a meeting with Gaston County public safety officials in Gastonia, North Carolina; the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon Annual Meeting & Summit in Tigard; the Mississippi Coastal Fire Chiefs Conference in Biloxi; and a series of tribal meetings in Southern California.

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

News from the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

·         Last week, FirstNet Board Chair Sue Swenson appointed members to the PSAC Executive Committee. The newly appointed members will serve from April 2018-March 2019.  New appointments include Todd Early (NCSWIC) and Brian Howard (NCAI). In addition, Chief Niles Ford (Metro Chiefs), Mel Maier (MCSA), and Paul Patrick (NASEMSO) were reappointed for another term. 

 

·         The next PSAC in-person meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 in San Diego, California.

 

·         The 2018 June Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is just around the corner. A room block has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay at the government per diem rate of $167 per night. To make your reservation online, use this link. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, call 619-239-2400 and use the group code "NST." There are a limited number of rooms reserved, so it is recommended that you book your room as soon as possible.

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet. Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Firehouse 3/28: FirstNet Platform Comes to Life With Nationwide Launch

https://www.firehouse.com/tech-comm/press-release/20998428/firefighter-and-public-safety-wireless-broadband-network-firstnet-firefighter-company-firstnet-platform-comes-to-life-with-nationwide-launch

FirstNet is the country’s first nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders in times of need. Built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet is bringing public safety a much-needed technology upgrade.

 

Engadget 3/27: AT&T launches the base of its FirstNet public safety network

https://www.engadget.com/2018/03/27/att-firstnet-network-core-live/

After roughly a year of partnership, AT&T's LTE-based FirstNet public safety network is starting to come alive -- the carrier has launched the service's network core nationwide. The rollout provides the foundation for a communications network devoted solely to emergency crews, with multiple priority levels and toughened security that includes around-the-clock monitoring. This doesn't represent full-fledged service, but it's now more a matter of weeks than months.

 

RCR Wireless 3/27: AT&T, Verizon launch public safety network cores

https://www.rcrwireless.com/20180327/carriers/att-verizon-launch-public-safety-cores-tag6

Competition for public safety customers continues to heat up, with AT&T launching its network core for the First Responders Network Authority — and Verizon responding with the general availability of its own public safety network core.

 

Web and Social Media

The First Responder Network Authority’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 64 new followers, now at 9,750. Facebook has 2,913 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,987 followers. YouTube has 822 subscribers. 
Monday, March 26, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         Last Week, First Responder Network Authority CEO Mike Poth gave a FirstNet update and participated in a panel presentation at the British Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Annual Event in Coventry, United Kingdom.

 

·         First Responder Network Authority Board member Kevin McGinnis was the keynote speaker last week at the 9th Annual Georgia Telehealth Conference on Jekyll Island.

 

·         Kevin and First Responder Network Authority staff also participated in the National Governors Association (NGA) Southwest Workshop to Enhance Emergency Communications Governance last week in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

 

·         Also last week, First Responder Network Authority staff and 200 attendees participated in the AT&T FirstNet Hackathon in San Francisco, California, where developers worked to create a variety of new public safety apps. 

 

·         The First Responder Network Authority hosted a delegation from Japan last week to share lessons learned to date and discuss the future of public safety communications in each nation.  

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff also provided a FirstNet update and discussed network features and differentiators with the Greater Boston Police Council last week in Burlington, Massachusetts.

 

·         The First Responder Network Authority released a new video last week on Connecting Rural Responders in the City of Bay, Arkansas.

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Western Regional Conference in Tacoma, Washington; the South Carolina Telecommunications and Broadband Association Conference in Charleston; a meeting of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Region 19 700MHz Committee in Kennebunkport, Maine; a meeting with Travis County officials in Austin, Texas; an Electric Power Resource Initiative (EPRI) Telecom Initiative Advisory Meeting in Tempe, Arizona; the Maine Fire Chiefs Association Professional Development Conference in Newry; a meeting of the Maine Interoperable Communications Committee in Augusta; a meeting of the Virginia Statewide Interoperability Executive Committee (SIEC) in Glen Allen; and meetings of the New Hampshire SIEC Data and Communications committees in Concord.

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

News from the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC)

·         The PSAC in-person meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 in San Diego, California.

 

·         The 2018 June Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is just around the corner. A room block has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay at the government per diem rate of $167 per night. To make your reservation online, use this link. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, call 619-239-2400 and use the group code "NST." There are a limited number of rooms reserved, so it is recommended that you book your room as soon as possible.

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet. Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

StateScoop 3/23: FirstNet hackathon focuses on crisis communication apps for first responders

https://statescoop.com/firstnet-hackathon-focuses-on-crisis-communication-apps-for-first-responders

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will host a public safety hackathon this weekend in San Francisco where participants will be challenged to create mobile applications for use by first responders in crisis situations.

 

GCN 3/20: FirstNet takes off

https://gcn.com/articles/2018/03/20/firstnet-takes-off.aspx

After years of criticism for slow-moving and costly progress, the First Responder Network Authority in March issued a task order to begin building radio access networks in all 56 states and territories using Band 14.

 

WSOC-TV 3/20: New communications system helps emergency response

https://www.wsoctv.com/news/local/new-communications-system-helps-emergency-response/718962041

The Charlotte Fire Department has been testing a next generation communications system called FirstNet.

 

Web and Social Media

The First Responder Network Authority’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 65 new followers, now at 9,686. Facebook has 2,871 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,964 followers. YouTube has 809 subscribers. 
Monday, March 19, 2018

FirstNet Weekly Update - March 19, 2018

March 19, 2018First Responder Network Authority News

 

·         Last Week, the First Responder Network Authority Board held an in-person meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas. More detailed information from the meeting can be found here. While in Little Rock, Board members and staff also toured the headquarters of the Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services (MEMS), which recently switched to FirstNet.

 

·         First Responder Network Authority staff attended the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Division Mid-Year Conference last week in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

·         Staff presented at the Bay Area Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) Conference last week in Campbell, California.

 

·         Also last week, the First Responder Network Authority tribal team met with the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council in Spokane, Washington, and with Navajo Nation leadership in Phoenix, Arizona.

 

·         Staff also met with the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, to discuss the unique communications needs of volunteer firefighters.

 

·         This week, the First Responder Network Authority will participate in the 9th Annual Georgia Telehealth Conference on Jekyll Island; the British Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 25th Annual Event in Coventry, United Kingdom; a meeting of the Greater Boston Police Council in Burlington, Massachusetts; the National Governors Association Enhancing Public Safety Communications Governance: Southwest Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and an AT&T FirstNet Hackathon in San Francisco, California.

 

·         Share news about FirstNet products and services on FirstNet.com, and follow FirstNet on social media at:

Twitter: http://twitter.com/firstnet

Facebook: http://facebook.com/firstnet

YouTube: http://youtube.com/firstnet

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/showcase/firstnet

 

News from the PSAC

·         The PSAC in-person meeting will be held on Monday, June 4 in San Diego, California. Additional details are forthcoming. 

 

·         The 2018 June Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Meeting is just around the corner. A room block has been reserved at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Diego Bay at the government per diem rate of $167 per night. To make your reservation online, use this link. If you prefer to make your reservation over the phone, call 619-239-2400 and use the group code "NST." There are a limited number of rooms reserved, so it is recommended that you book your room as soon as possible.

Media Watch

*The information provided is copied as-is from the media outlet source and is not edited by FirstNet. Links to non-Federal Government websites do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. Clicking on non-Department of Commerce hyperlinks will direct you to websites that are not under the Government’s control.

 

Federal News Radio 3/13: FirstNet — at last?

https://federalnewsradio.com/tom-temin-commentary/2018/03/firstnet-at-last/

By cosmic coincidence, just last week FirstNet, an “independent authority” within the Commerce Department, says it gave AT&T a “green light” to actually start installing the long-awaited broadband network. It will use its own dedicated band. Build out and deployment will take years. But at least it looks like the 17-year deliberations are starting to result in something tangible.

 

MissionCritical Communications 3/13: .AT&T to Release RFP for Second Carrier-Integrated MCPTT Offering

https://www.rrmediagroup.com/Features/FeaturesDetails/FID/826

AT&T plans to have two carrier-grade mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) options for First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) subscribers and plans to release a request for proposals (RFP) later this year, said an AT&T executive.

 

Southern Chester County Weeklies 3/13: Chesco is first in state to transform emergency mobile communications

http://www.southernchestercountyweeklies.com/article/SC/20180313/NEWS/180319987

With citizen safety as a major priority, the Chester County Commissioners were briefed on the county’s new link with FirstNet, a lifesaving communications platform built specifically for first responders. Making the announcement at the Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting work session, Department of Emergency Services (DES) Director Bobby Kagel noted that, as the first county in the commonwealth to subscribe, Chester County’s police, fire and EMS responders will more quickly and easily connect to the critical information they need, even during times of major regional events when mobile networks are congested.

 

Web and Social Media

The First Responder Network Authority’s social media presence grew at its normal rate last week. Twitter gained 61 new followers, now at 9,621. Facebook has 2,838 followers. LinkedIn now has 3,945 followers. YouTube has 798 subscribers.