In the midst of an escalating Covid-19 pandemic response, the Salt Lake Valley was struck with a 5.7 earthquake. Complex hazardous materials incidents, collapsing structures, and medical responses taxed the LMR and commercial broadband networks. All tiers of government, from mayors to frontline response personnel had to assess and communicate minute-to-minute status reports. While commercial cellular networks were congested due to heavy usage, agencies using FirstNet had reliable access and capacity on the FirstNet network.
Dave Herrman, Salt Lake City Fire IT specialist, and Dustin Dern, Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief and Operations Section Chief for the Incident Management Team, will share their stories and experience with FirstNet in a large-scale event. Garett Doyle, Regional Manager with the FirstNet Program at AT&T and Tracey Murdock, from the First Responder Network Authority, will discuss the earthquake response from the perspective of their respective agencies and address the future of FirstNet and the ongoing reinvestment and further development of the network.
Division Chief Martha Ellis, Executive Director for the Public Safety Broadband Technology Association
Chief Ellis has twenty-three years’ experience as a wildland and structural firefighter. She served as the Salt Lake City Fire Marshal for over 5-years and concluded her career as the Division Chief over the Logistics, Emergency Management, and the Fire Intelligence Liaison programs. She holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science, a Masters in Homeland Security from the Naval Postgraduate School, a Graduate certificate in Conflict Resolution and Mediation and a Masters in Legal Studies from the S.J. Quinney School of Law and the University of Utah.
Tracey Murdock, First Responder Network Authority
Tracey engages with public safety stakeholders across Utah, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota. Her mission is to listen, inform, and advocate for first responder communication requirements on the only nationwide broadband network designed for public safety. Prior to joining FirstNet in early 2016, Tracey served as Region Emergency Management Program Director for Navy shore commands in an eleven-state region. Her expertise encompassed emergency dispatch, emergency operation centers, consequence planning, defense support to civil authorities, and coordinating a national level multi-agency response task force for nuclear weapon incidents. Tracey’s experience includes actual disaster response as well as planning and directing large-scale exercises in Europe and SW Asia. Tracey also served 24 years in the U.S. Navy. She is passionate about effective emergency communications.
Dustin Dern, Unified Fire Authority Battalion Chief and Operations Section Chief for the Incident Management Team, Unified Fire Authority
Dustin began his career with Unified Fire Authority/Salt Lake County Fire Department in 2000 as a part-time firefighter and seasonal wildland firefighter. In 2002 Dustin was hired full-time and since has served as a Firefighter/EMT, Wildland Specialist, Wildland Duty Officer, Operations Captain, and Operations Battalion Chief. During his career, Dustin has participated with the UFA’s Wildland Division, numerous committees and work groups within Operations, multiple Interagency Management Teams, and USAR. In addition to serving the local community, he has traveled the US as a Wildland Firefighter, Incident Commander Type III, Operations Section Chief, and Division Supervisor. Dustin continues to be active with interagency responses and incident management teams. Dustin earned a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration (2014) and an Associates of Science, Fire Officer emphasis (2009) from Utah Valley University.
David Herrmann, Salt Lake City Fire IT specialist, Salt Lake City Fire Department
David Herrmann serves as Technology Business Systems Analyst for the Salt Lake City Fire Department. He oversees technology programs for emergency communications, including land mobile radio, and wireless networks for mobile applications. During his time in public safety, he has served as Fire dispatch director, and emergency program manager for the Salt Lake International Airport.
Garett Doyle, Regional Manager, FirstNet Program at AT&T
Garett is the Regional Manager of the AT&T FirstNet Program for CO, ID, MT, UT and WY. Over past twenty plus years, he has led complex telecommunication and information technology projects with government and enterprise organizations. This has included public safety projects such as CAD/RMS deployments, Push to Talk over cellular, Mobile Security (VPN, MDM) and custom mobile application development. He has worked for a variety of telecommunication service and equipment providers including 10+ years with AT&T. He holds a BS in Business and a MS in Telecommunications. Garett and his family reside in Golden, Colorado. Away from work, he enjoys spending time in the mountains and music.