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Apr 30

FirstNet Goes to Washington: Spotlight on the Fire Service

April 30 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Congressional Briefing on FirstNet

with Working Lunch and Learn Series

Session Two of Three

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M. Eastern Time

United States Capitol Visitor’s Center


Lunch will be served during the program.


12:00 P.M. Introductions and Opening Remarks

12:10 P.M. Keynote: FirstNet is ready in a crisis Deputy Chief David Winter, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue and Deputy Chief Thomas Chenworth, Washington D.C. Fire & EMS

12:25 P.M. Panel Discussion: Fire Service Leaders on Harnessing FirstNet for Urban Fire/EMS, Rural Fire/EMS and Wildland Fire Response

Chief Jim Wamsley, Fire Chief, Rock Springs, WY Fire Department
Deputy Chief David Winter, Fairfax County Fire & Rescue
Deputy Chief Thomas Chenworth, Washington D.C. Fire & EMS Assistant
Assistant Chief Chris Lombard, Seattle, WA Fire Department

12:45 P.M. FirstNet & Emerging Tech: Paul Nalikka, AST Science -Supplemental Coverage from Space 12:55 P.M. Program concludes

12:55 P.M. Program concludes


The Public Safety Broadband Technology Association (PSBTA) is honored to host a FirstNet Congressional Briefing and working lunch. Following the horrific events of 9/11, there became an immediate call to action by public safety. The paralyzing communications issues that occurred gave us the realization that first responders needed a dedicated nationwide network to meet their unique communications needs.

In 2012, Congress passed bipartisan legislation to establish the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Today, the NPSBN is the envy of the world and lives are saved on a daily basis in our hometowns throughout America because first responders can reliably communicate and effectively coordinate their response operations.

This session is the second in a series of three educational briefings where we will highlight the importance of secure, reliable, and dedicated FirstNet connectivity to the public safety mission. During this second session, we will focus on how the fire and EMS service is using FirstNet and advanced broadband technology to support their important mission, including response to medical emergencies, search and rescue, and the growing threat of wildland fires. First responder leaders will share how they are harnessing FirstNet to enhance their operations and keep their communities safe. Guests expected to attend include House and Senate congressional staff and federal, state, and local public safety officials.

We would kindly request you to confirm your attendance on our website. We look forward to you joining us and welcome your contributions to the event.


April 30
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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U.S. Capitol Visitor’s Center SVC215
Washington, DC United States