Cal OES Holds First Board Meeting of the Year for First Net at the APCO Western Regional Conference

FirstNet by NumbersSacramento, CA – California is leading the way for emergency responders with the first nationwide, high-speed, wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety.

At the front of this effort is the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Public Safety Communications for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The informal board meeting held today is the first of six scheduled to be held throughout California this year.

“Information discussed at todays meeting with board members shows the challenges we are facing with FirstNet partnering with us,” said Cal OES Telecommunications Governance & Services Branch Manager Sue Plantz. “We look forward to holding a more lengthy discussion at our initial stakeholders meeting that will be held in June.”

Officials participating in today’s panel included: Sue Plantz, Cal OES; Adeline Zendejas, CA Department of Technology; Kevin Guerrero, CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection; Lori Young, CA Highway Patrol; Heather Hostler, CA Governors Office of Tribal Affairs; Craig Johnson, CA Emergency Medical Services Authority; and Jeff Johnson, FirstNet Authority.

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“California teams have been assertive and involved with FirstNet, making sure that we understand their needs and goals,” said Jeff Johnson, Vice Chairman for FirstNet Board of Directors. “California is one of the most prepared states that we’ve met to date.”

The Board of Directors Meeting today included a review and approval of the December 2014 Meeting Minutes, FirstNet update and State Consultation process overview, discussion of California’s State Consultation with FirstNet, future meeting items and announcements including the CalFRN Board of Directors Meeting which is scheduled to be held in June 2015.  Attendees of the APCO Western Regional Conference had the opportunity to attend this meeting and provide comments throughout the discussion.

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