Featured Stories from First Responder Voice

North Carolina uses AT&T FirstNet for Disaster Recovery During Hurricane Florence

Whiteville was the first town in North Carolina to sign up for FirstNet. During Hurricane Florence, when everything was down, FirstNet was working to help with all things disaster recovery.

Washington Firefighters Respond After Verizon Intentionally Slowed Data During Fire Fight

Kiro 7  |  8/22/18

Local fire departments are responding to a scathing report that Verizon throttled cell service as firefighters battled the largest fire in California’s history.

“We can save time. It makes our responses a lot quicker,” said firefighter Johnny Sarreal with Renton Regional Fire Authority.

Sarreal said having reliable cell service is critical for public safety.

All front-line rigs with the Renton Regional Fire Authority are now stocked with a smartphone.

“We can catch all those hydrants, see where the connections are, see where access points are,” Sarreal explained. “It's huge having this right at our pocket and fingertips.”

But as wildfires raged in California, firefighters battling the largest one in California's history - the Mendocino Complex fire - said their ability to communicate was jeopardized when their cell service was throttled by Verizon. In a lawsuit over the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules, the Santa Clara Fire Department said their unlimited plans were slowed down because Verizon said they were using too much data. Their fees tripled when the department asked Verizon to unthrottle their service.


Delaware Volunteer Firefighter Association is First in Delaware to Transform First Responder Communications with FirstNet

DVFASSN.com  |  3/29/18

DOVER, Del., March 29, 2022 — The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter Association (DVFA) is giving our firefighters a much-needed technology upgrade with FirstNet – a lifesaving communications platform.

This move lets us take advantage of the early benefits of FirstNet, and it sets us up for continued success as the solution evolves. We want to lead in technology, so we can better serve the people of Delaware. FirstNet is the country’s first and only nationwide public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders – available when and where we need it. Built with AT&T, in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, it gives our communications capabilities a major boost, providing a reliable, highly secure and “always-on” connection.

By subscribing to FirstNet, we can help our firefighters stay connected to the critical information we need. And it will help ensure we can easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies.

“Firefighters deserve whatever tools we can give them to help them stay safe and do their jobs to the best of their abilities,” said President Richard T. Perillo of the DVFA. “This is opening FirstNet up for all of our volunteers, giving them an equal opportunity to access this potentially lifesaving technology.”


For Public Safety, By Public Safety - FirstNet

This 5 minute video provides a brief overview of how FirstNet is transforming critical communications for first responders all across the country. Hear from the following public safety professionals firsthand about FirstNet: David Molloy (Director of Public Safety for Novi, Michigan), Richard Mirgon (Former President of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials), Al Gillespie (Former President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs), Alexander Perez (Chief of Police in North Las Vegas, Nevada).