The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) plans to hold a southwest border forum Aug. 30-31 in Phoenix, Chris Algiere, FirstNet’s federal consultation lead, said in a blog posting. “The U.S. southern border continues to be one of the largest challenges for public safety operations at all levels of government. The dynamic mission space, coupled with the remote landscape and environmental factors, challenges technology delivery of just about any sort,” Mr. Algiere said.
“As part of our consultation and planning for the nationwide public safety broadband network, FirstNet is holding a federal forum focused on operations along the southwest border of the United States and has plans for future forums in other regions of the U.S. The upcoming southwest border forum is part of our plan to take consultation with federal departments and agencies beyond the headquarters and engage management, practitioners, and other staff members across the United States,” he stressed.
“The Forum will be held in Phoenix, Arizona August 30th and 31st at the Bureau of Land Management’s National Training Center. This meeting will provide an opportunity for federal stakeholders in and around the southwest border region to engage with FirstNet through a series of presentations and breakout sessions focused on understanding the needs and challenges facing federal practitioners and what is possible with public safety broadband,” Mr. Algiere added.
“Through this meeting, we will inform federal stakeholders on the latest FirstNet developments and current efforts, expand outreach to regional stakeholders, and gain a better understanding of how to support federal border needs and the needs of their local, state, and tribal partners,” he added. – Paul Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org