The First Responder Network Authority, an independent agency within the federal government, was established in light of 9/11 to lead the creation of a dedicated and innovative nationwide broadband network to help first responders save lives and keep communities safe. Today, the FirstNet Authority oversees FirstNet, a network dedicated-to and purpose-built for first responders and the extended public safety community. FirstNet is built by AT&T in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority.
As incident commanders make difficult decisions about how to manage fires, balance resources, and keep firefighters safe, FirstNet provides improved network coverage and network priority, preemption, and quality of service first responders need to save lives and protect communities.
From unrestricted emergency communications to powering advanced technological tools for fighting fires, FirstNet enables you to:
• Share images and video, or access weather and traffic data for a clearer operational picture as incidents unfold.
• Share geospatial data and fire spread prediction maps.
• Quickly and reliably connect to other agencies and jurisdictions.
• Track assets, resources, and personnel.
• Take the network along to remote locations using FirstNet's fleet of 72 dedicated network deployable assets, available at no cost to FirstNet subscribers, plus three flying Cells on Wings and an aerostat (or blimp).
• Use mapping applications that share lookout positions, escape routes, safety zones, and water sources.
Our Fire subject matter expert Mike Worrell (Mike.Worrell@firstnet.gov) is available to meet with agencies or individuals that want to learn more about the FirstNet Authority and our support for the fire communities’ use of FirstNet.