Ohio is improving first responder communications through an agreement with FirstNet, the public safety network that will enhance communications capabilities between federal, state, county and local first responders.
According to a release from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the initiative complements MARCS, Ohio’s existing emergency communications network, which has enabled first responder communications for the past two decades. MARCS is a land mobile radio network and FirstNet adds data transfer capability.
With FirstNet, emergency responders will have access to digital information, allowing them to share photos of a missing person, such as a child, or videos of an unfolding event as it happens.
The information is shared across the first responder network in real time, whether voice, text, video or other forms of data.