The FirstNet mission is to deploy, operate, maintain, and improve the first high-speed, nationwide wireless broadband network dedicated to public safety. This reliable, highly secure, interoperable, and innovative public safety communications platform will bring 21st century tools to public safety agencies and first responders, allowing them to get more information quickly and helping them to make faster and better decisions.
Due to communications challenges during the response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a single, interoperable network for public safety. For years, public safety organizations lobbied Congress to make this recommendation a reality. Therefore, when Congress established the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in 2012, it based its mission on public safety’s express concerns and desires.
To truly design the FirstNet network for public safety by public safety – a distinction that makes it unique in American telecommunications history – FirstNet continuously consults with local, state/territory, tribal and federal public safety agencies across the country.
Over the past several years, FirstNet has collaborated with public safety stakeholders and leadership from each state and territory. Never before has the public safety community had the opportunity to provide input towards the creation of a nationwide broadband network tailored specifically to meet their needs as they save lives and protect communities across the nation.
To truly design the FirstNet network for public safety by public safety – a distinction that makes it unique in American telecommunications history – FirstNet continuously consults with local, state/territory, tribal and federal public safety agencies across the country:
Our office is proud to have recently expanded Illinois law to provide benefits available to first responders for accidents that previously were not compensable under the Workers’ Compensation Act. A west suburban police officer suffered a herniated disc in his back while lifting his duty bag at home. Although the department argued that the injury was not compensable because it occurred at home, we successfully argued that lifting the duty bag, even off premises, was a necessity of the job. The department appealed, but the Illinois courts agreed it was a compensable accident, and the case now stands as law. These are only a few of our successes representing police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and other first responders who often sacrifice their safety in the name of protecting ours. Each case is unique. Call today for a free consultation regarding your case.
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