Wednesday, January 8, 2020

City touts changes for public safety

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The Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado Springs Fire Department and other city emergency responders are now using FirstNet, a wireless platform that’s designed to help improve communication across agencies.

“Whether it’s communicating patient information to a local hospital after a car accident or sending critical information back to the command post during a major event, having a dedicated and highly secure communication platform is extremely important for the best patient care and command decisions,” Colorado Springs Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim De Leon said in a statement announcing the change.

According to the statement, FirstNet provides a reliable connection and a highly secure network, and can be used on smartphones. The system was built through a public-private partnership between AT&T and Boulder-based First Responder Network Authority.

The city recently noted in a separate statement that it’s allocating $4.4 million to add 20 sworn police officers and eight full-time fire personnel this year.

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