Gov Agencies Use FirstNet to Prepare for Radiological Terrorism Exercise

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Radiological terrorism is a real threat and the San Francisco Bay Area ranks 5th nationally for a terrorist attack risk by the Department of Homeland Security.

That’s why local and state public safety and government agencies from Northern California – including CalOES and Oakland Fire Department – recently held an exercise at the former site of the U.S. Naval Weapons Station in Concord, California, and they turned to FirstNet, America’s public safety network, to strengthen their incident response.

Powered by AT&T, FirstNet is giving public safety agencies a level of support during emergencies and planned events – like this radiological terrorism response exercise – that’s far beyond anything they’ve ever seen. And when you look at the full public safety response required, the need for the type of interoperable communications that FirstNet is enabling is critical.

“As we deal with emerging threats posed by natural disasters, technological incidents and acts of terrorism, first responders must embrace new and evolving technologies, like FirstNet, Built with AT&T, if they want to be successful. Events from the last year have stressed the importance to have a back-up to our radio networks that also offers end-to-end encryption, needed access to the internet to run our incident management applications, creation of incident talk-groups and cellular network priority access through its preemption capabilities,” said Philip White, Lead Exercise Planner, Sentinel Response 2021 Exercise. “Recent emergency preparedness and security exercises have utilized the new and emerging technology offered by the FirstNet network in combination with a hardened device with great success.”

FirstNet Response Operations is led by a group of former first responders, and their intimate understanding of the public safety mission is setting FirstNet apart. When public safety responds to an emergency, we are at their side.

And by collaborating with agencies during training exercises and drills we are planning with agencies before a large-scale event happens. It’s just one way we’re helping them stay mission ready.