Call to Action: Broadband for Public Safety Responders

On March 16, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the National Broadband Plan (NBP). This launched a new chapter in the ongoing saga of public safety's attempt to achieve a nationwide broadband wireless network for emergency...


Below there are two videos that have been produced through the assistance of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and Dave Statter. One is designed to inform members of the American Fire Service and the other is focused on legislators, elected officials and the media.  

Andrew Seybold has stepped up throughout the process to be a true public safety advocate and has challenged the FCC by writing rebuttal letters and whitepapers for the record. Currently, he provides a public safety advocacy website and newsletter. The website and newsletter registration can be found at:

To all, this is a one-time opportunity to get the necessary spectrum and funding to build an interoperable nationwide public safety broadband wireless wireless network to benefit all of public safety. Now is the time that you get "Fully Involved" and make this a reality!

CHARLES WERNER, a Contributing Editor, is a 30-year veteran of the fire service and is Fire Chief with the City of Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. Charles was instrumental in the original development and launch of and serves the IAFC as a member of the Communications Committee and Homeland Security Council. Chief Werner is a technology advocate for the fire service and he actively promotes technology and challenges fire departments and vendors to 'raise the bar' when it comes to technology. You can contact Charles by e-mail at: