Chester County Is First Pennsylvania County to Sign Up for FirstNet Service
Thursday, March 15, 2018 | Comments

Chester County (Pennsylvania) Department of Emergency Services (DES) Director Bobby Kagel announced that Chester is the first county in the commonwealth to subscribe to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) service. Kagel briefed county commissioners on the new broadband data service for first responders.

“It remains our priority to keep the people and property of Chester County safe,” said Chester County Commissioners' Chair Michelle Kichline. “FirstNet will help facilitate greater coordination and collaboration from dispatch to the actual incident scene and beyond, allowing us to better serve the community.”

Last year, Chester County DES worked with FirstNet partner AT&T to upgrade 650 emergency response vehicles. Each vehicle was equipped with a mobile gateway to access data.

“By moving the in-vehicle systems over to the FirstNet platform, we are able to take our communications capabilities to a new level, bringing more efficiency and effectiveness to our fire, police and EMS personnel, giving them opportunities to instantly receive updates, access to records management systems from the field, and to manage dispatch based on the closest units available,” said County Commissioner Terence Farrell.

“With the major investments that we've made in recent years, including the development of the Public Safety Training Campus, the move to a new emergency voice radio system, and the installation of mobile CAD units in emergency response vehicles, it makes sense to capitalize on this with the addition of the FirstNet connectivity,” said County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone.

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On 3/22/18, DavidPaul said:
Here's the real reason they needed to be the first. Transparency.

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