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George “Beau” Crowding, Deputy Director for Fire Services,Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Chief Shane Clark, President, Chester County Chiefs of Police Assoc., John Jannett, AT&T, Meredith Coffey, AT&T, James Rogan, AT&T, Guerdy Charles, AT&T, Chaz Brogan, Vice President, Chester County EMS Council, Inc., Bob Handal, AT&T, Commissioner Michelle Kichline, Director Bobby Kagel, Chester County Department of Emergency Services, Commissioner Kathi Cozzone, Jeff King, AT&T, Rob Wall, AT&T, Pablo Adam, AT&T, Commissioner Terence Farrell


The Chester County Commissioners were briefed Monday on the county’s new link with FirstNet, a lifesaving communications platform built specifically for first responders. Making the announcement at the Commissioners’ Sunshine Meeting work session, Department of Emergency Services (DES) Director Bobby Kagel noted that, as the first county in the Commonwealth to subscribe, Chester County’s police, fire and EMS responders will more quickly and easily connect to the critical information they need, even during times of major regional events when mobile networks are congested.  Built with AT&T in partnership with the First Responder Network Authority, FirstNet gives communications capabilities a major boost, providing a reliable, highly secure and “always on” communication. FirstNet is the only communication platform that gives first responders priority and preemption. Kagel said in a written statement that: “The Commissioners commitment to public safety is evidenced by providing Chester County’s emergency responders with state-of-the-art technology and facilities so they are better equipped to meet the needs of our citizens. Being the first to join FirstNet in Pennsylvania, providing nationwide interoperability, priority, and preemption to our emergency responders, is another example of this commitment.”