The First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority within the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration has issued a document designed to guide emergency managers how to use the capabilities, products and services of a national public safety broadband network.
The Emergency Management Resource Guide provides information on the FirstNet broadband service offered by AT&T through a contract with the FirstNet Authority and offers an overview of technology platforms and tools available to users of the service.
The guide includes sections offering information on how public safety agencies can field the FirstNet service to meet the broadband communications needs of first responders and details on how to use Network Status and Uplift Request Tools.
Other topics discussed in the document are tips on how to select FirstNet Ready devices, considerations when building a device cache and ways to incorporate the service into communication plans.
The FirstNet Authority said it will regularly update the guide to provide information on new functions, features and other changes to the communications platform.