Early Citizen Response/CPR/AEDs; Uninterrupted Compressions & Dispatcher-assisted CPR Emphasized by EMS Experts at CPR Summit

I had the great pleasure of catch up with one of my favorite people, and most influential expert in EMS, Dr. Mickey Eisenberg, in Seattle at the Cardiac Arrest Survivor Summit. Dr. Eisenberg is the founder and leader of the Resuscitation Academy based out King County, Washington. With over 7,500 cardiac arrest resuscitation survivors in King County as a result of his efforts, Dr. Eisenberg truly is the “Father of Resuscitation” in this country – even if he is too humble to admit it…

FirstNet Authority engages with emergency managers at IAEM

FirstNet Authority engages with emergency managers at IAEM

By Tracey Murdock, Senior Public Safety Advisor

FirstNet is here, but that doesn’t mean that our work is done. To ensure the network evolves with the needs of our nation’s first responders, the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) team is regularly engaging with public safety to learn how the network can best support their operations. One of our recent engagements allowed us to dive into the world of emergency management, where data is key to operational success.
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Verizon Just Can’t Help Themselves!

Verizon Just Can’t Help Themselves!

By Richard Mirgon, Public Safety Consultant

Once again Verizon made the news and it’s not in a good way. It would appear Verizon (along with Sprint and T-Mobile) have overstated their 4G coverage in rural areas (https://allthingsfirstnet.com/fcc-wont-punish-verizon-and-t-mobile-for-exaggerating-their-coverage-maps/ ). However, this time it wasn’t to customers it was to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The Commission decided not to penalize the carriers since there didn’t appear to be a “clear rule violation”.  Well that may be, but I think most would agree, if you are going to provide false information to the FCC then it would put into question what other statements are you making that aren’t true. This is a great lead into what Verizon has been telling customers…

Reaching New Heights in Network Disaster Recovery

Reaching New Heights in Network Disaster Recovery

By Chris Sambar, Executive Vice President – AT&T Technology Operations

When disaster strikes, keeping first responders and our other customers connected is our priority – and the specific mission of our Network Disaster Response (NDR) team. Unwavering commitment, continuous improvement, and deploying the latest in technology solutions for restoring service fast has been the hallmark of our program since it began in 1992.

Today, we introduced another industry-first with the addition of FirstNet One, a deployable blimp, to our FirstNet response fleet. As the next step beyond our ground-breaking use of drones and Flying COWs™ (Cell on Wings), this latest foray into the sky further broadens the reach of our fleet of temporary service solutions, which includes ground-based assets such as Cell on Wheels (COWs) and heavy-duty Satellite Cell on Light Trucks or SatCOLTs.
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Here Come the Drones

Here Come the Drones

Consider a police officer arriving on the scene of a commercial burglary and immediately launching an unmanned aerial vehicle that can clear the roof of the structure in minutes. Or consider a firetruck arriving on a fire scene and a tethered drone with thermal camera launching from a cargo compartment that provides tactical information to the on-scene commander. In coming years, public safety agencies will operate unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, on a routine basis.

The applications for the use of unmanned aircraft are evolving rapidly and public safety agencies that adopt this technology will find that UAS are a force multiplier and will be….

NEWS9 Special Assignment: The Most Important Call (OH)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio — A call to 911 could be the most important call of your life, but what do dispatchers need to know when you call?

And what can you do until help arrives?

Dispatchers have to be prepared for anything when the calls come in. “You have no idea what they’re going through, and you hear the screaming and you’re just trying to get an address, something… READ MORE