Taking Public Safety Communications to the Next Level: FirstNet’s Innovation and Test Lab

By Sarah Calams

The Boulder, Colorado, lab tests FirstNet-compatible devices and applications before their deployment in the field.

Imagine a firefighter is battling a massive wildfire and she has to check in with her fellow firefighters regarding changing wind conditions. But when she attempts to contact them, the connection is virtually non-existent.

This scenario is, without a doubt, dangerous. It could also lead to life-threatening results.

That’s why when the Boulder Mountain Fire Protection District (BMFPD) — a volunteer department made up of about 60 firefighters — visited the FirstNet Authority offices in Boulder, Colorado, their purpose was to not only prove the importance of clear communication but also expose the difficulties they sometimes face while ensuring crews’ safety on scene.

This article was written by Sarah Calams and appears in efficientgov.com dated November 7, 2019.

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