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Text on screen: For first responders, up-to-date information is vital. Brazos County deputies now have all the information they need at their fingertips. When seconds count, FirstNet is there.

LT. THOMAS L. RANDALL, (RETIRED), BRAZOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

FirstNet is not only connectivity, but also capacity and what that does is give us capability. What we wanted to do is give the deputy the capabilities in the car that they had at the office so whatever they could do on their desktop computer we wanted them to be able to do out in the car. It changed the way that we operate by how the deputies place their units how they use their video and how they send information back to the command center.  It's a two-way street, now we can be able to see video, we can get data, we can get maps, we can get still photos from deputies out in the field it's then transmitted live real-time and command can then make decisions based on the information that they get live there.

SHERIFF CHRIS KIRK, BRAZOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

One of the biggest advantages it gives us is when we have a crisis or an emergency. I can sit here in our command center and pull up a camera from any one of our patrol vehicles out on the streets and livestream what they're looking at. I can push information from dispatch to any one of our patrol vehicles or all our patrol vehicles at any given time. We can share information between vehicles or with the Emergency Operations Center here at the sheriff's office or our Community Emergency Operations centers.

LT. THOMAS L. RANDALL, (RETIRED), BRAZOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

When we had the tornado and flooding in East Brian, we were able to livestream video from the

cars to be able to get situational awareness of what was going on in those neighborhoods that were affected by the tornado.

SGT. JOSH HEARAN, BRAZOS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE

It just happened to be that one of our deputies was in the general area when it happened and was watching the storm, listening to the radio, knew kind of what was going on, so he put himself in a good location to provide services and provide help. He didn't have to relay a message, he didn't have to explain a damage, command staff could actually see that and make their own assessment as they needed to. FirstNet to me is essential. It's extremely important know that when seconds count when

seconds matter truly in a response situation that this network will be able to provide me the up-to-date information I need quickly so I can make a better response and I can make sure that my

officers and my community stay safe.