FirstNet crucial to Georgia’s public safety

Ed Davis | Savannah Morning News

As more and more states announce their decision to opt in to the FirstNet network, I hope Georgia will join them, giving emergency responders access to the tools they need to effectively and efficiently help protect Georgians and visitors to the state.

FirstNet was born following the September 11th attacks, when the 9/11 Commission found that firefighters, policemen and EMS needed a single network to better communicate with each other. The gap in communications between different public safety departments and agencies has continued to hamstring response efforts to large natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, when the communications networks our first responders rely upon were impacted by storms and flooding.