Florida’s Riviera Beach Police, Fire Rescue Deploy Smartphones via FirstNet
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 | Comments

Riviera Beach Police and Fire Rescue in Florida announced it is transitioning to the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) public-safety broadband network.

In a statement, the agencies said that by subscribing to FirstNet, first responders can stay connected to the critical information they need, and the service allows them to easily and quickly communicate with one another during emergencies, natural disasters and other critical situations.

"In conjunction with our recent body camera deployment, we issued each of our police officers a smartphone on FirstNet, causing a major shift in the way we collect and share information imperative to our mission,” said Riviera Beach Police Chief Michael Madden. “It bridges many gaps on the technology forefront and drastically improves communications between first responders and with our community at large.”

When a major event occurs, it’s important to share data with other responders. FirstNet gives the agencies a single, interoperable solution to easily communicate across agencies and jurisdictions, the statement said.

“The FirstNet priority and pre-emption feature creates an environment of clear and constant communications,” said Riviera Beach Fire Rescue Chief John Curd. “This new capability will prove to be essential during times of hyper telecommunication activities, which would otherwise limit access to the network.”

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