Medical Transport Company Selects FirstNet Service
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 | Comments

Global Medical Response (GMR) selected FirstNet service to support its operations. With this tech advancement, the company can equip first responders across the country with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field.

A U.S. government contractor, GMR helps communities and citizens after individual incidents and widespread disasters like hurricanes, floods and fires, by providing a full array of ground and air ambulance, paratransit services and medical personnel to supplement the government’s military response to a disaster or public health emergency. Recently, GMR used its network of subcontractors to help with COVID-19 testing at military bases and other government entities. Utilizing FirstNet across the entire ecosystem of mobility devices and services nationwide, GMR is helping local first responders, paramedics and other disaster response team members connect during times of need.

“We’re honored that Global Medical Response chose FirstNet to elevate their communications and disaster response capabilities across the country,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president (VP) for public safety and FirstNet at AT&T. “It’s our mission to give first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to effectively keep their communities safe. FirstNet will help GMR connect with those in need and to each other to provide the best emergency response.”

During crises deployments, GMR will utilize 1,200 Sonim XP8 devices, military-grade android smartphones, with FirstNet service capabilities. GMR is also using FirstNet powered customer-owned and maintained (COAM) deployable assets with Band 14 specific equipment that will work in conjunction with the FirstNet network to provide service to the devices in the field.

“As a government contractor, it is vital for us to stay connected during every scenario our responders are deployed to nationwide,” said Jeffrey E. Marani, national director of field technologies and OEM communications section chief at GMR. “With FirstNet, we are able to maintain contact with our first responders across the country during everyday crises and large disasters.”

GMR and AT&T announced last year that they are collaborating on the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition’s ROG the Dog program, a fleet of trained Labradoodles, who specialize in animal assisted therapy for first responders. The dogs, provided by GMR, can be deployed to customers during times of crises, following natural or man-made disasters.

“FirstNet, Built with AT&T, is the exclusive communications platform, built with and for public safety, inspired by public safety,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson. “There is no substitution for this purpose-built network. We look forward to supporting Global Medical Response and the public-safety community with FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it.”

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