FirstNet One LTE blimp used for first time in aftermath of Hurricane Laura

FirstNet One, recently completed its first real deployment providing public-safety communications, as the tethered the aerostat that acts as an LTE tower in the sky supported the response effort in Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, according to AT&T officials.

“This was our first field deployment in a real incident,” Tom Steele, AT&T’s director of strategy and operation for the FirstNet program, said during an interview with IWCE’s Urgent Communications

Tulsa 911 dispatchers welcome mental health crisis experts to communications center (OK)

Tulsa-area 911 callers in psychiatric distress will now have access to a mental health professional, thanks to a partnership between city public safety agencies and community nonprofits. 

The city of Tulsa 911 Mental Health Collaborative launched Sept. 3, according to a Tulsa Police Department news release Wednesday, and is made possible through the Police Department, the city’s 911 Public Safety Communications Department, Family & Children’s Services Community Outreach Psychiatric Services (COPES) and the Tulsa Area United Way… 

Public Safety Advocate: UK Public-Safety Broadband Network Update

Public Safety Advocate: UK Public-Safety Broadband Network Update

The United Kingdom press and some in the United States announced this week that the UK LTE broadband network for public safety that was to have been operational this year will not be ready for prime time until 2024 or 2025. Why is there a delay, when will it finally become live, and what will it offer the UK’s public-safety agencies?

First estimates for network operation were that the network would be ready in 2016, and then 2019. Both dates were missed and the Home Office signed an extension to continue to use the Tetra Airwave system with Motorola Solutions until 2022

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Seneca County dispatcher assists with birth (NY)

ROMULUS — Seneca County officials are praising a 911 dispatcher for helping in the delivery of a premature baby Saturday.

County 911 Operations Manager Brandi Godley said Dispatcher Allison Archer fielded a call about a woman being in preterm labor. Archer gave emergency medical dispatch instructions to the caller, who delivered the child. Archer also relayed infant CPR instructions that helped save the infant boy’s life…

Blaine County, (ID) Board of County County Commissioners proclaim Emergency Communications Officers as First Responders; approve new salary and schedule structure

On Tuesday, April 14, 2020, the Blaine County Board of Commissioners signed a proclamation recognizing the Blaine County Emergency Communications Center team as first responders and the supporting the 911 Supporting Accurate Views of Emergency Services (SAVES) Act. This follows a growing movement where several states and agencies have begun recognizing telecommunicators and dispatchers as first responders. Following the proclamation signing, the Board took further recognition of this vital team of employees by adjusting the wages and schedule of the first responders as well…