Georgia, Florida Agencies Subscribe to FirstNet
Friday, August 10, 2018 | Comments

The First Responder Network (FirstNet) announced two new subscriber agencies, one in Florida and the other in Georgia.

The DeKalb County (Georgia) Office of Public Safety is one of the first large law enforcement jurisdictions in Georgia to join FirstNet being built by AT&T.

“DeKalb County has embraced technology to aid crime reduction efforts and improve public safety,” said Joseph “Jack” H. Lumpkin, deputy chief operating officer of public safety. “FirstNet will enhance the county’s public-safety response by providing unprecedented coverage, connectivity and interaction during everyday situations and emergency events.”

DeKalb public-safety agencies will use the system to share data and critical information that will enhance public safety, such as criminal records, police database information, photos and surveillance video. First responders will be able to maintain communications even when the network is congested.

FirstNet will complement DeKalb County’s recent technology upgrades such as the new E9-1-1 software system, which went live in April. The TriTech Software Systems $8.8 million CAD system has improved how the county’s 9-1-1 center dispatches police, fire rescue, EMS, marshal’s office and the sheriff’s department.

DeKalb began migrating to the FirstNet broadband network platform in January with the DeKalb County Police Department becoming the first police department in Georgia to subscribe to FirstNet. The county completed full implementation in July and is working with its 12 municipalities on adopting FirstNet countywide.

The DeKalb County Office of Public Safety is staffed by about 1,600 employees and consists of six departments including DeKalb County Police Department, DeKalb County Fire Rescue, DeKalb County Animal Services and Enforcement, DeKalb 9-1-1 Emergency Communications Center, DeKalb Emergency Management Agency and the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's Office.

Separately, Port St. Lucie (Florida) Police Department joined the FirstNet network. By subscribing to FirstNet, the department can help our officers stay connected to critical information and ensure officers can easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies.

“Our department is the first agency on the Treasure Coast of Florida to use this economic solution for cellular communications,” said Chief John Bolduc said. “We have high expectations for its use in a natural disaster.”

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