A fireground commander needs a floorplan to know where chemicals are stored in a burning building but has no way to receive it in the field, A police officer wants to transmit crucial information to dispatch but can’t get a signal on his device. An EMS practitioner is administering life-saving treatment but can’t send patient data to a physician at the receiving hospital. A 9-1-1 dispatcher has critical information for first responders in route to a scene but has no means to transmit it in a timely manner. All of these public safety personnel have a common need: improved communications capabilities.
As shown in the above examples, there are many different types of public safety organizations that can benefit from the enhanced communications capabilities of the FirstNet network. Each discipline has its own unique needs and interests. The National Public Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC) is a federation of organizations whose mission is to improve public safety communications and interoperability through collaborative leadership. NPSTC’s members consist of fire, EMS, law enforcement, and other public safety telecommunications organizations.