Guam workshop highlights FirstNet capabilities for island communities
Last week, the First Responder Network Authority held an Agency Operations and Technology Workshop in Tamuning, Guam, with nearly 80 public safety stakeholders in attendance. Local, federal, and military agencies participated in the conference with representation from Guam’s Emergency Management, Fire, Police, DoD, and military. Representatives from American Samoa and Hawaii also participated in the conference. The workshop focused on existing public safety operations on the island and aimed to identify communications challenges and current capabilities that could be augmented by a broadband network dedicated to public safety. Participants identified technologies used for response efforts and communications gaps in the delivery of public safety services during a typhoon-type event.
Due to the island’s size and isolation, first responders rely heavily on existing systems, commercial services for mapping and interoperability, and local knowledge of geography and infrastructure. Overall, the workshop provided an opportunity for us to better understand public safety operations in Guam.