Oklahoma Electric Cooperative Joins FirstNet® – America’s Public Safety Network
New Technologies Expand Our Capabilities to Better Serve Oklahoma
NORMAN, Oklahoma— Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is connecting our public safety community with FirstNet – the only nationwide, high-speed broadband communications platform dedicated to and purpose-built for America’s first responders and the extended public safety community. With this tech advancement, we can equip our first responders with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, allowing us to better serve those who live, work and visit Oklahoma.
FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to communicate with one another easily and quickly during everyday situations, big events or emergencies. This is integral to solving the communications challenges public safety has experienced in the past.
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is using FirstNet to connect lineman and other employees, working on the frontlines of electrical repairs during natural disasters and everyday emergencies, to each other and dispatch. To provide that communication, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative is using FirstNet on our tablets to access job reports, determine what safety equipment is needed and provide mapping to show areas in need of repairs and the location of crews.
“We are centrally located in Oklahoma, covering both suburban and rural areas across seven counties,” said David Godspeed, Vice President of Technology Services, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and President of OEC Fiber. “As our team members have more access to advanced technologies, it has become even more important to help ensure that our team members in the field and the office have the ability to stay connected at all times. FirstNet keeps communication open no matter the time of day or night, whether its storming or clear.”
Oklahoma Electric Cooperative joined FirstNet to provide our first responders with reliable, modern communications tools needed to perform at our best, including:
· One, nationwide communications platform that allows us to coordinate emergency responses efficiently and effectively across agencies and jurisdictions.
· Always-on priority and, for first responders, preemption to give us reliable access to the connection we need – even when the network is congested.
· A separate, dedicated and highly secure network core purpose-built for public safety’s sensitive communications.
· Innovative tools – like relevant applications and connected devices – to give us more actionable information for heightened situational awareness.
“The priority that FirstNet offers is very important,” said Chris Sabatino, Network Technician II, Oklahoma Electric Cooperative. “In October we had severe weather and tornado warnings. You never know what is going to happen. When there is a time of crisis and you have congestion on the phone system, FirstNet gives us the ability to communicate with employees, dispatching and members.”
“We’re pleased that Oklahoma Electric Cooperative chose FirstNet to elevate its communications capabilities,” said Steve Hahn, President AT&T Oklahoma. “It’s our mission to give first responders the cutting-edge tools they need to safely and effectively achieve their mission. FirstNet will help the public safety community in Oklahoma and across the country perform at the highest levels to keep themselves and those they serve out of harm’s way.”
“FirstNet is the exclusive communications platform built with AT&T for public safety, inspired by public safety. There is no substitution for this purpose-built network,” said FirstNet Authority CEO Edward Parkinson. “We look forward to supporting Oklahoma Electric Cooperative and all of Oklahoma’s public safety community with FirstNet, making sure it delivers what they need, when they need it.”
To learn more about the Oklahoma Electric Cooperative, visit https://okcoop.org.
Watch how FirstNet has transformed Oklahoma Electric Cooperative’s communications here.
To learn more about FirstNet, go to FirstNet.com. To learn more about subscribing to FirstNet, contact Ashley Knickmeyer at (405) 808-3076 orAr119k@att.com. Individual first responders can also subscribe to FirstNet at a local AT&T store.
About FirstNet, Built with AT&T
Shaped by the vision of Congress and the first responder community following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, FirstNet stands above commercial offerings. It is built with AT&T in public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet Authority) – an independent agency within the federal government. The FirstNet network is providing public safety with truly dedicated coverage and capacity when they need it. These advanced capabilities help fire, EMS, law enforcement save lives and protect their communities. Learn more at FirstNet.com.
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