Cities can pose unique challenges for first responders. These larger population centers often have both physical congestion, such as traffic, and communications congestion, with many users on the same network. Because of this, mayors and leaders in local city governments across the country understand the need for a functioning and resilient broadband communications system for first responders; too often network congestion in a city, especially during large events, hinders the communications of first responders during an emergency.
In Arkansas, interoperability and supportive apps can be vital to public safety’s ability to save lives and secure communities, according to Kelly Gottsponer, Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Arkansas Public Safety Broadband Network.
Volunteer first responders are a crucial part of the public safety community, making up 69% of the firefighters across the country in 2014. In addition to use by full-time public safety personnel in each state and territory, FirstNet will be available for the nation's volunteer