Lori Stone | EMS1 | August 11, 2021
Matthew Gregg has served in his volunteer fire department in Mason County, West Virginia, for 20 years, working as an EMT and in the 911 center. Now, as the director of the Mason County Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM), he oversees various areas – such as code enforcement and flood plain management – as well as the County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also been a driving force in testing and rolling out broadband communications to the county’s public safety agencies. As part of this testing, Gregg and his team evaluated a then-new broadband network known as FirstNet. Designed with public safety’s input and through a public-private partnership between the federal government and AT&T, the network offered many of the capabilities and coverage Gregg was looking for.