Fort Pierce PD joins FirstNet for first responders, just ahead of Hurricane Season

With the start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season just days away, the Fort Pierce Police Department is now using FirstNet, a communications platform that will enable officers to communicate with other first responders during a crisis, such as a hurricane. The tech upgrade equips Fort Pierce police officers with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information so they can better serve their community.

FirstNet is dedicated to first responders. It is being built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) and is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide.

With FirstNet, the Fort Pierce PD has access to always-on priority and preemption to give officers reliable access to the connection they need, even when the network is congested. This is integral to solving for the common roadblock that communications issues have imposed on past public safety responses. FirstNet also provides the department with a physically separate, highly secure network platform purpose-built for public safety’s sensitive communications.

More details are provided below.

PRESS RELEASE

Fort Pierce Police Department Transforms First Responder Communications with FirstNet

New Technologies Expand Our Capabilities to Better Serve the City of Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE Fla., May 29, 2019 — The Fort Pierce Police Department is connecting our officers to FirstNet – a new communications platform just for Public Safety. This tech upgrade equips our personnel with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, so we can better serve those who live, work and visit Fort Pierce.

FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies. This is integral to solving for the common roadblock that communications issues have imposed on past public safety responses.

The Fort Pierce Police Department is using FirstNet on our department-issued phones and hotspots.

“A disaster can strike at any given time and it is critical that our officers be able to communicate with other first responders during a crisis,” said Fort Pierce Police Chief Diane Hobley-Burney.

The Fort Pierce PD joined FirstNet to provide our first responders with reliable, modern communications tools needed to perform at our best, including:
• One, nationwide communications platform that allows us to efficiently and effectively coordinate emergency responses across agencies and jurisdictions.
• Always-on priority and preemption to give us reliable access to the connection we need – even when the network is congested.
• A physically separate, highly secure network platform purpose-built for public safety’s sensitive communications.
• Planned increases in coverage and capacity, enabling us to better respond to emergencies in all areas of Fort Pierce – and across the state.
• Innovative tools – like relevant applications and connected devices – to give us more actionable information for heightened situational awareness.

FirstNet is being built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority). It’s designed with and for public safety.

“We’re honored that the Fort Pierce Police Department chose FirstNet to elevate their communications capabilities,” said AT&T Florida President Joe York. “It’s our mission to give first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to safely and effectively achieve their mission. FirstNet will help first responders in Fort Pierce and across the country perform at the highest levels to keep themselves and those they serve out of harm’s way.”

“FirstNet is the exclusive communications platform being built with AT&T for public safety, inspired by public safety. There is no substitution for this network that they fought for,” said Edward Parkinson, Acting CEO, FirstNet Authority. “We look forward to supporting the Fort Pierce Police Department and all of Florida’s public safety community with FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it.”

To learn more about the Fort Pierce Police Department, visit www.fppd.org .
To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com. To learn more about subscribing to FirstNet, contact Zoila Hernandez at 561-213-4752 or zh4955@att.com. Individual first responders can subscribe to FirstNet at a local AT&T store.

FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

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