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The IWCE Conference continues today, with a number of opportunities to learn about the value and progress of FirstNet. This is my first time attending IWCE, and so far it has lived up to...
WASHINGTON – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today voted to proceed toward several important milestones along the authority’s preliminary strategic roadmap – a course of...
DENVER – First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board Chairman Sam Ginn announced that he has named Board member Sue Swenson as vice chairman. Ginn tasked Swenson with overseeing the Board’s...
DENVER – The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board today approved separate agreements with the State of New Jersey and Adams County, Colo. allowing them to lease access to FirstNet’s...
WASHINGTON – Marking an important step forward in its efforts to deploy a nationwide public safety broadband network, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) has released a request for...
AZPSBN Monthly Working Group Meetings
November 2018 - CANCELLED
July 2018 - CANCELLED
March 2018 - CANCELLED
AZPSBN Working Group Monthly Update occurs the first Thursday of each month. Please contact Karen Ziegler at [email protected] or Scott Neal at [email protected] for more information about particpating on the Working Group.
A mock disaster drill was conducted on Wednesday Sept. 14, 2016 at the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. The drill, hosted by Grand Canyon West and the Hualapai Tribe, simulated a tour helicopter failing to gain altitude and hitting a bus filled with visitors. The accident resulted in numerous injuries, fatalities and a massive debris field. Multiple emergency preparedness agencies from the State of Arizona, the federal government and tribal and municipal first responders participated in the drill, along with private sector vendors (see complete list below).
The overarching exercise objective was to test the nationwide public safety broadband network and the applications which could run across it in response to the incident. The mock drill was conducted because there is concern, especially among many Tribal nations, that some rural areas may not be receiving adequate coverage from FirstNet. The exercise proceeded as scheduled and was executed successfully. Participants were fully debriefed afterward on their experience with the technology. A great deal of valuable feedback was received and is in the process of being compiled into an after action report.