Los Angeles Fire, Public Health Departments Select FirstNet Coverage
Thursday, August 05, 2021 | Comments

FirstNet and Safe Environment Engineering are providing the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field.

These tech advancements allow first responders and other personnel who support them to better serve those who live, work and visit the city and county of Los Angeles. The LAFD and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health are connecting its firefighters, first responders and other personnel to FirstNet. LAFD uses FirstNet on frontline apparatus, vehicles, modems, routers and department-issued smartphones, while the health department’s Radiation Management division uses FirstNet services on smartphones.

Safe Environment Engineering provides an internet of things (IoT) solution for collecting, monitoring, displaying, notifying and aggregating instrumentation sensor data, including the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives (CBRNE) family of devices. First responders and other personnel use Safe Environment Engineering solutions to detect and monitor CBRNE hazardous situations, such as gas leaks, refinery explosions, and poisonous plumes/clouds.

The Safe Environment Engineering solutions support access to the physically separate and dedicated FirstNet network core, which enables First Priority capabilities on FirstNet, including always-on priority and for first responders, preemption, and the Band 14 spectrum. LAFD and the health department feel confident the Safe Environment Engineering solution combined with FirstNet services will provide the necessary critical connectivity they need in a reliable, highly secure and cost-effective manner.

“Working with Safe Environment Engineering and FirstNet we have established a Los Angeles County wide radiation detection network,” said Jeffrey Day, director, radiation management, environmental health, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. “This system is utilized regularly and was key in our response efforts during the Fukushima disaster.”

As part of the agreement through the FirstNet Embedded IoT Program, a program that allows FirstNet eligible devices to be combined with FirstNet service to create a single, end-to-end solution that a solution provider such as Safe Environment Engineering can sell to FirstNet-eligible customers for a single monthly fee, the Safe Environment Engineering solution will include FirstNet connectivity.

“The Los Angeles City Fire Department utilizes Safe Environment Engineering’s systems both as component of our HAZMAT team’s personal protective equipment, as well as being an integral component of our HAZMAT apparatus,” said Captain Robert M. Dunivin, Los Angeles City Fire Department, homeland security division, CBRNE/HAZMAT section, Joint Hazard Assessment Team. “Combined with FirstNet, we have the connectivity and capabilities we need to keep our first responders and Angelenos safe.”

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