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FirstNet Incident Support For COMLs

FirstNet Incident Support for COMLs

Communications, FirstNet and AT&T

Interoperable communications are an essential element of any emergency response activity; responders
need to communicate with dispatch, members of their team, command or on-scene staff, and personnel
from different disciplines, agencies, and jurisdictions. Jurisdictions generally make individual decisions
about communications systems based upon factors such as mission scope, topography, population
density, existing infrastructure, staff size, existing equipment/contracts, and in most cases budget as
well. Deficiencies in interoperable communications have been highlighted in many after action reviews
nationwide.

Historically, federal funding of organizations and development of communications interoperability
standards were designed to address the challenges of communications interoperability. However, issues
with communications interoperability remain a critical challenge to safe and effective emergency response.

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