FirstNet Outlines Plans for Metro Leadership Engagements
Monday, August 01, 2016 | Comments

During a First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) state and territory single points of contact (SPOCs) webinar, FirstNet leadership detailed metro leadership engagements.

FirstNet Director of Consultation David Buchanan said the engagements will help educate and inform local public-safety executives and leaders, who in many states are key influencers to the governors. FirstNet will target public-safety officials and first responders serving any metro area interested in a consultation, said a FirstNet spokesman.

In a blog, Kenzie Capece, FirstNet senior outreach advisor, said the entity is focused on substantive engagement at the local public-safety agency level to share information on network planning, schedule, timeline and deployment. FirstNet seeks to schedule a formal metro leadership engagement to dialogue with these eventual customers, address questions and concerns, and supplement the consultation that FirstNet has done to date.

“With their outreach work in their respective states and territories, SPOCs are critical to the success of these meetings,” Capece said.

David Soloos, the Oregon SPOC, discussed the recent metro leadership engagement in Portland, underlining the high level of interest and attendance. The engagement was one of a series of pilots, enabling FirstNet and Portland public-safety agencies to discuss the eventual management of large amounts of data and applications and training around these issues. In addition, Portland public-safety officials used the meeting to discuss data collected to date, as well as potential policies on bring your own device (BYOD) and procurement issues.

FirstNet’s regional leads are coordinating now with the SPOCs to identify potential engagements and agencies to be involved. FirstNet will then work with the local agencies on logistics and event planning.

The full blog is here.

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