10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Schedule of Events

10-Year Anniversary Celebration of the D-Block effort and creation of FirstNet.

When: Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time

1:00 – 1:15 PM

WelcomeMartha Ellis, PSBTA Executive Director
Program IntroductionPolice Chief Chris Moore

1:15 – 2:00 PM

History of FirstNet: A Purposeful Design

Richard Mirgon, Vice President, PSBTA
Police Chief Charles Dowd, New York City Police Department, NY (Ret)
Sue Swenson, Former FirstNet Board Chair
Fire Chief Jeff Johnson, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (Ret) & CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs                     Association

This panel is comprised of several FirstNet pioneers. They will take you through some of the key historical points on how FirstNet was created and why the legislation was designed for Public Safety by Public Safety. A success story that led to creating the only fully designated nationwide public safety broadband network.

2:00 – 2:30 PM

Remarks by FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel – Intro Fire Chief Jeff Johnson

2:30 – 3:00 PM

2:30 – 3:00 PM

Delivering on FirstNet’s Promise to Public Safety – Moderator: Ed Parkinson, CEO, First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority)

Stephen Benjamin, FirstNet Authority Chair & Former Mayor of Columbia, SC
Richard Carrizzo, FirstNet Authority Vice Chair & & Chief of the Southern Platte Fire Protection                 District, Kansas City, MO

The FirstNet Authority and AT&T will soon mark the fifth year of its unique public-private partnership to build FirstNet. Hear from FirstNet Authority leadership on how the partnership is delivering on the promise of FirstNet for public safety today, and the organization’s goals for evolving the network for the future.

3:00 – 3:30 PM

FirstNet Progress Report 

Fire Chief Jeff Johnson, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue, OR (Ret) & CEO of the Western Fire Chiefs                     Association
         Police Chief Harlin McEwen, City of Ithaca, NY, Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI, and
         Former Chair of the FirstNet Authority PSAC (Ret)
         EMS Chief Kevin McGinnis, North East Mobile Health Services, ME (Ret) & Former First Responder
         Network Authority (FirstNet) Board Member

Chiefs Kevin McGinnis, Harlin McEwen, and Jeff Johnson will reflect on how FirstNet’s founding principles are guiding it’s future and ergo our priorities for serving public safety.

3:30 – 4:15 PM

FirstNet Innovation for America’s First Responders – Moderator: Jason Porter, President, Public Sector and FirstNet at AT&T

Fire Chief Kim ZagarisWildfire Policy & Technology Advisor for Western Fire Chiefs
         Association/State Fire and Rescue Chief, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Ret)
Sheriff Michael Adkinson, Jr., Walton County, FL
Christopher Becenti, Executive Director for Navajo Nation Telecommunications Regulatory                         Commission, Window Rock, AZ
         Charlie Guddemi, Statewide Interoperability Coordinator, Homeland Security and Emergency                     Management Agency (HSEMA), District of Columbia 

FirstNet is driving innovation in life-saving, public safety technology. Jason Porter, President of AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet, will facilitate a discussion about FirstNet Innovation with public safety leaders from across the country and public safety disciplines. Hear how FirstNet dedicated solutions have equipped public safety agencies with new tools to securely and reliably communicate and enhance their situational awareness to help keep emergency personnel and the communities they serve safe.

4:15 – 4:45 PM

FirstNet Meeting Public Safety Future Needs – Moderators: Police Chief Chris Moore & Fire Chief Jeff Johnson

Deputy Fire Chief Chris Lombard, Seattle Fire Department, Seattle, WA
Deputy Chief Keith Kelley, Athens-Clark County Police Department, Athens, GA
Fire Chief Jeff Buchanan, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, Las Vegas, NV 

With the successful deployment of FirstNet, public safety now has a dedicated, reliable, and resilient broadband network that serves the needs of first responders. This panel of fire and law enforcement chiefs, moderated by Police Chief Chris Moore and Fire Chief Jeff Johnson, will explore the future of public safety communications and how FirstNet will adapt to meet these future needs.

4:45 – 5:00 PM

Awards & Q&A Police Chief Chris Moore

5:00 – 6:00 PM


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