75 episodes

The “Public Safety First” podcast gives first responders and other public safety professionals a front-row seat and invites them to join the discussion about FirstNet, America’s first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Hosted by Dave Buchanan, Director of the First Responder Network Authority’s Advocacy Team, the podcast features first responders, industry leaders, experts in the field, and others in the public safety technology ecosystem.

Public Safety First, a FirstNet Authority Podcast Hosted by Dave Buchanan, Executive Director of the First Responder Network Authority’s Advocacy Team, the podcast features first responders, industry leaders, experts in the field, and others in the public safety technology ecosystem.

    • Technology
    • 4.8 • 17 Ratings

The “Public Safety First” podcast gives first responders and other public safety professionals a front-row seat and invites them to join the discussion about FirstNet, America’s first nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. Hosted by Dave Buchanan, Director of the First Responder Network Authority’s Advocacy Team, the podcast features first responders, industry leaders, experts in the field, and others in the public safety technology ecosystem.

    Episode 75: Voices From The Field National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2024

    Episode 75: Voices From The Field National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week 2024

    Emergency telecommunicators are the critical link between first responders and the larger community.
    They are the voice of calm on someone’s worst day. In honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, Maui County Emergency Services Dispatch Coordinator Davlynn Racadio reflects on her 36-year career as a dispatcher and celebrates the exceptional work telecommunicators do 24/7/365.

    • 9 min
    Episode 74: Push - To - Talk Brings Simplicity, Interoperability To Texas Sheriff’s Office

    Episode 74: Push - To - Talk Brings Simplicity, Interoperability To Texas Sheriff’s Office

    The Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office in Texas is revolutionizing their approach to law enforcement communication with broadband technology designed to enhance real-time connectivity and response. Sheriff Richard Kirkpatrick shares his department's journey from traditional radio systems to the advanced functionalities of FirstNet's Push-to-Talk feature, which now bolsters communication at their jailing facility and strengthens school security and disaster response in the county.

    • 20 min
    Episode 73: Lost in the Mountains of Michigan: FirstNet's essential role in search and rescue

    Episode 73: Lost in the Mountains of Michigan: FirstNet's essential role in search and rescue

    When an eight-year-old boy went missing in Michigan's sprawling Porcupine Mountains, an extensive search and rescue operation was initiated. Darian Reed, President of Superior Search and Rescue, discovered that broadband and data service support from FirstNet was pivotal in successfully and safely recovering the child.

    • 12 min
    Episode 72: University Of Virginia Enhances Patient Care With FirstNet

    Episode 72: University Of Virginia Enhances Patient Care With FirstNet

    The University of Virginia (UVA) Health system uses nearly 4,000 mobile devices, powered by FirstNet, to enhance care for patients. The leader of UVA Health’s Mobile Device Technologies program, Anthony Thompson, discusses the impact of FirstNet in healthcare and how it’s supporting telemedicine capabilities, translation services, and rural healthcare.

    • 14 min
    Episode 71: Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters: Redefining Readiness in Macon-Bibb, Georgia

    Episode 71: Emergency Planning for Natural Disasters: Redefining Readiness in Macon-Bibb, Georgia

    Macon Bibb County, Georgia is redefining they way it prepares for disasters and major events each day. Spencer Hawkins, Emergency Management Director for the Macon-Bibb County government discusses the county’s plans for facing all types of issues including hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, and other major weather events. The Emergency Management team also works tirelessly to ensure all stakeholders in the area work on integrated communications when they approach disasters including local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, and secondary users like public works.

    • 16 min
    Episode 70: Fighting wildfires in Southern Texas with FirstNet

    Episode 70: Fighting wildfires in Southern Texas with FirstNet

    When a rural fire in Brooks County, Texas engulfed 6,500 acres of land, the Falfurrias Fire Department faced significant communication and coordination challenges due to the remote location of the fire. FirstNet provided a solution to this problem with the deployment of a SatCOLT, a vehicle with its own cell site non-reliant on commercial power supplies, that provided crucial connectivity and support to over 40 agencies and public safety personnel. This subsequently enabled efficient mapping of the location, real-time weather updates, and seamless communication among first responders.

    • 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

BK5280 ,

Great Content, Too Quiet

Content is awesome... 5 stars!

Production could use some work... audio levels are consistently too low, requiring me to crank up the volume to hear what is being said. If I forget about this, sound blasts way too high when I start playing something else. If this is fixed, this is easily a 5 star podcast for anyone in public safety or telecommunications.

NurglesRott ,

Good stuff

Fun to hear how far this has come over the last few years. Good quality, easy short format. Keep it up!

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