Phil has been the APWA representative to the First Responder Network Authority's (FirstNet Authority) Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) since its inception in 2013. The PSAC offers advice and guidance to the FirstNet Authority, to execute it management responsibilities and oversight of the FirstNet network. Phil's insights and nearly 30 years of service to the Department of Public Works in the city of Gainesville, Florida offers a unique perspective to our PSAC, which is mostly comprised of front-line first responders. The perspectives and needs of non-traditional public safety were met in the FirstNet Authority's request for proposal (RFP)to build the nationwide public safety broadband network, and that simply would not have been possible without Phil at the table with our PSAC. The PSAC's contributions to the RFP, that resulted in the selection of AT&T as our technical partner to build the FirstNet network, were driven by Phil and his participation on the PSAC's early task teams on Identity, Credentialing, and Access Management (ICAM), Priority and Preemption, and Preparing for FirstNet Network Adoption task team.
Phil's voice on the PSAC remains as important as ever, as the FirstNet Authority continues its engagement efforts with public safety to consider network investment opportunities. He is a staunch champion for non-traditional first responders, partnering with us to author a blog post on our website in 2018 highlighting how critical public works personnel are to emergency response efforts (https://firstnet.gov/newsroom/blog/firstnet-helps-public-works-agencies-coordinate-public-safety-partners-unified). His nearly flawless attendance record at our meetings and teleconferences does not go unnoticed, and we appreciate how he extends invitations to our Senior Public Safety Advisors to speak at APWA meetings and events.