Rehoboth Beach is connecting police officers, public works, emergency management and other first responders to FirstNet, a new communications platform just for public safety.

This tech upgrade equips personnel with new capabilities and reliable access to critical information while in the field, to better serve those who live, work and visit Rehoboth Beach.

FirstNet is designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, big events or emergencies. This is integral to solving for the common roadblock that communications issues have imposed on past public safety responses.

The city is using FirstNet to connect its frontline apparatus, modems, routers and all department-issued phones. Rehoboth Beach joined FirstNet to provide first responders with reliable, modern communications tools needed to perform at their best, including a nationwide communications platform that allows the city to efficiently and effectively coordinate emergency responses across agencies and jurisdictions; always-on priority and preemption to give first responders reliable access to the connection they need, even if the network is congested; a physically separate secure network core purpose-built for public safety’s sensitive communications; planned increases in coverage and capacity, enabling the city to better respond to emergencies in virtually all areas of Rehoboth Beach and across the state; and innovative tools — like relevant applications and connected devices — to give the city more actionable information for heightened situational awareness.

FirstNet is built with AT&T in a public-private partnership with the First Responder Network Authority.

For more, visit cityofrehoboth.com and firstnet.com.