Introduction to FirstNet
An Update on the Public Safety Broadband Network

Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P
First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors
Vice Chair, Public Safety Spectrum Trust
Chief/CEO, North East Mobile Health Services

March 27, 2013

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Related Web Resources:
FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee
State and Local Implementation Grant Program Federal Funding Opportunity

June 2013 Public Safety Broadband Stakeholder Conference
March 14, 2013 House Oversight Hearing
FCC Docket 12-94, Implementing Public Safety Broadband Provisions
March 8, 2013 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
DHS Office of Emergency Communications Fact Sheet
EMS Video
Emergency Management Magazine Interview

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"Good, informative brief/conversation."

"A very good overview of the direction of FirstNet."
Ryan Kelzenberg
Anoka Co EM

"Good update on FirstNet. Hoping this will continue in the future so we can stay current with developments etc."
Rick Cox
McHenry County IL EMA

"Very good information and a look at what will improve emergency response, safety, and treatment in the future."
Ken Knipper
National Volunteer Fire Council

"As this new system is presented, the information does help define some things. Thank you."
Sanford Altschul
Systems EPIS

"Excellent visuals; very clear presenter."
Dr. Tom Phelan
Dr. Tom Phelan Consulting

"This is very exciting stuff. I am looking forward to the new technology FirstNet will provide EMS."
Chris Dew
Oklahoma State Department of Health

"I am involved in our local emergency management system. The webinar was very helpful. Thank you."
Wayne Ozio

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Kevin McGinnis, MPS, EMT-P has been an EMS system builder since 1974.  He currently serves as the Chief/CEO of North East Mobile Health Services, the largest paramedic service in Maine.

Kevin has been widely published in and a national speaker on the areas of public safety/EMS communications, rural EMS, and air medical systems while serving as a program manger for the National Association of State EMS Officials for the past 13 years. He serves that association, and four other national EMS associations (representing doctors, EMTs, service chiefs, and educators) as communications technology advisor. 

He represents the national EMS community in national public safety communications venues including FCC councils and committees, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council, and the Public Safety Alliance.  He is the immediate past Chairman of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's SafeCom Program. He is also Vice Chair of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust

In August, 2012, Kevin was named by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to a three-year term on the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) Board of Directors.  He was named by the Government Technology/Solutions for State and Local Government magazine as one of its 2013 "Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public-Sector Innovation."

Kevin received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brown University and Cornell University in health care delivery systems and hospital administration. He started working on ambulances in Rhode Island and has held EMT, Paramedic, and instructor licenses in New York and Maine. Kevin has been an ambulance service chief for volunteer, private, and hospital-based services, a hospital emergency department director, and Maine's state EMS director.

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