A step forward for Virginia’s emergency response

Richard R. Bowers Jr. | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Virginia made history in July as we became the first state in the nation to join a new emergency wireless broadband system called FirstNet that will connect first responders. This is the start of a transformational change in the way our public safety workers will communicate during emergencies.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to “opt in” to FirstNet was strongly supported by public safety departments across the commonwealth. As a result, Virginia’s emergency responders will for the first time have instant and coordinated wireless emergency communication. This technology will help protect the lives of emergency responders and the Virginians they serve.

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