FirstNet, the U.S. public safety broadband network for critical communications, is coming soon making connectivity a necessity, not a luxury.
Already some trail-blazing services are using a broadband system in their operations. However, in 2018 one of these services, Mesa Fire and Medical Department in Arizona, experienced a 17-hour commercial network outage putting their operations at risk.
Their fire trucks were unable to receive dispatch information, and they could not access patient information on iPads used by personnel. This issue forced them to look at their options for broadband redundancy and how this issue may be resolved in the future for FirstNet.