Interviews with EMS professionals:
Using the FirstNet network will improve situational awareness and decision-making. The FirstNet network will make it possible to use new tools that support faster parallel processing. The FirstNet network will enable the exchange of real‐time data and audio/video feeds between EMS personnel and hospital staff. This kind of connection, while units are on the scene and during transport, will improve all levels of pre‐hospital care.
How will FirstNet promote communication with other first responders?
How is FirstNet being built to ensure reliability and cybersecurity?
How will FirstNet solve coverage issues in my area?
: In addition to providing coverage with terrestrial towers, the FirstNet network will support mobile solutions to provide coverage to areas that are challenging to serve. Vermont will have three deployable units based in our state. One is owned by AT&T and operated for FirstNet. It is based in South Burlington and is already operational. There will be two additional deployables owned and managed by the Department of Public Safety. Those deployables have yet to be delivered to the state. DPS is working on procedures for requesting the use of deployables in an emergency or for a planned exercise or large event.
If my current communication set-up is working now, why should I change to FirstNet?
Coverage must be a first consideration. If you do not have reliable coverage from AT&T, you should not change. However, keep up-to-date on the build-out of the network in Vermont. Additional towers will be built throughout the state for FirstNet as part of AT&T's federal contract. The initial build-out is scheduled for completion nationwide in 2022. If coverage is not a concern, subscribing to FirstNet may save you money and give you additional features you do not currently have. FirstNet’s priority is to support the latest technological advances for the benefit of public safety users of the network. You want to make sure your department can take advantage of new developments when they become available, rather than falling behind and missing opportunities to improve the safety and effectiveness of your service response.