Expanding the Dedicated FirstNet Fleet
We’ve designed FirstNet to be second-to-none in any emergency. Resiliency is built into every layer of the network to help safeguard it from Mother Nature’s persistent unpredictability. It’s also for this reason the public safety community stressed the importance of access to their own dedicated fleet of deployable assets when calling for the creation of their network.
As the only carrier that can provide end-to-end emergency communication solutions, we have a commitment unlike any other to deliver for public safety. That’s why we continue to go above and beyond our contractual commitment with the federal government. We’ve added 2 new Communications Vehicles (CVs) to the dedicated FirstNet fleet. This now gives public safety access to a fleet of 150+ land-based and portable cell sites.
FirstNet CVs provide an extra level of communications support beyond the standard deployable asset for first responders when needed. In addition to providing connectivity via LTE (high-quality Band 14 spectrum) and/or Wi-Fi similar to a Satellite Cell on Light Truck (SatCOLT), CVs provide an air-conditioned command space for 2 first responder communications personnel with multiple monitors, a television and charging stations, as well as a large exterior screen and speakers for briefings. And since they are equipped with a generator that can run for multiple days before refueling, CVs also include a lavatory, microwave, mini refrigerator and sleeping bunk for when deployed during the harshest of conditions.
So far this year, the FirstNet ROG team has deployed 450+ solutions to support public safety – helping them stay connected and operate faster, safer and more effectively when lives are on the line. In addition to the 150+ assets in the FirstNet fleet, public safety can tap into the 300+ assets from the AT&T Network Disaster Recovery fleet when available. Check out this video to see more of the unique assets we have on hand for this year’s storm season.
In addition to the FirstNet fleet, public safety can also purchase their own deployable network assets, giving public safety more control over their network. Dozens of agencies across the country – such as the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency, Washington Military Department and Michigan State Police – are using their own Compact Rapid Deployable (CRD) to support their immediate connectivity needs in extremely rural areas and following major disasters. Michigan State Police recently deployed their own CRD at a National Guard aircraft exercise conducted in the Upper Peninsula to support their officers and other local first responders. And the department plans on utilizing this asset at future events and during disasters, such as weather emergencies like the tornado that struck Gaylord, Mich. in May.
FirstNet is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the FirstNet Authority – an independent government agency. So far, more than 20,500 public safety agencies and organizations – accounting for 3.3 million connections1 – are on FirstNet today. It’s clear FirstNet stands above best-effort commercial offerings. And we’ll continue to set the bar for success in network resiliency and disaster response – now and in the future.
- Agencies on FirstNet can request additional support by calling 1-800-574-7000 or submitting a request online via FirstNet Central.
- Stay up to date on how we’re supporting first responders and the communities they serve as they combat the latest hurricanes, wildfires and other natural disasters, check out about.att.com/pages/disaster-recovery.
- Check out our latest blog post to learn more about our team of meteorologists focused on public safety’s mission: https://about.att.com/innovationblog/2022/firstnet-forecast.html.