Anchorage Police Department Joins FirstNet
Monday, April 15, 2019 | Comments

The Anchorage Police Department (APD) officers in Alaska are now using cellphones on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) network with AT&T.

Joining FirstNet was in the works prior to the Nov. 30 earthquake that hit the city. The event highlighted the significance of the technology, officials said. While officers never lost communications over their radios during the earthquake response, it’s not guaranteed that it couldn’t happen at some point in the future. The FirstNet cellphones give police, fire and paramedics one more tool that allows them to be connected both when the radios are working and when they are not.

“When the shaking stopped, one of the first things I started doing was using my FirstNet phone to call members of our APD team to begin our response to the disaster,” said Anchorage Police Chief Justin Doll. “While some residents experienced busy communications networks, I had immediate 100% connectivity with other FirstNet public-safety users. This gave me the uninterrupted ability to coordinate our tireless efforts to keep the citizens of Anchorage safe.”

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