Attendees at the FirstNet State Consultation Meeting

FirstNet State Consultation Meeting

Cal OES Assistant Director of Public Safety Communications Karen Wong welcomed over 200 attendees last week to the FirstNet State Consultation Meeting. The three-day meeting consisted of first responders, law enforcement, emergency management services, public utilities, tribal governments, as well as various city and state agencies from California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Hawaii.

“This meeting is an opportunity to have real interaction with FirstNet, as we move to develop a dedicated public safety network which will serve California and the nation,” said Wong.

Representatives from FirstNet were in Sacramento to engage with the public safety community about our coverage needs and objectives for California’s portion of the national public safety broadband network. Speakers representing the federal, state and local level were on hand to discuss the unique challenges and needs of public safety stakeholders in California.

“We are at a time when we have an opportunity in front of us to change the landscape of our public safety communications,” said Cal OES Director Mark Ghilarducci. “This (FirstNet) will allow us to collaborate and create real situational awareness, with that information we can make timely and critical decisions more than ever before.”

FirstNet is a wireless network dedicated to public safety that will allow first responders to have access to data on their mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers in their vehicles to respond to incidents. It will provide greater situational awareness during incidents and the ability to share critical information between first responders, which will ultimately save lives and keep responders safe.

“Every law enforcement person and first responder should have the same technology that every thirteen year old has in their hand today,” said FirstNet Board Member Kevin McGinnis. “This will change the way emergency management services operates.”

For additional information about FirstNet click HERE.

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