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What Is TACN FirstNet?

TACN FirstNet is a multi-year program designed to provide a framework for Tennessee First Responders to work with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) in the design efforts for the nation’s first Public Safety Broadband Network. The goal of this program is to facilitate collaboration between Tennessee’s public safety community and FirstNet in defining the operational requirements, governance, and sustainability model for Tennessee’s portion of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN).

We are Tennessee’s strategy for connecting with the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network—called FirstNet. We are working to provide an interoperable, state-wide public safety data network linking public safety agencies across the state.

Agencies benefiting from this program will likely include:

  • Law Enforcement
  • Fire Services
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Services
  • Public Works


But most of all, once this network is in place and is working efficiently, the residents of the Great State of Tennessee will benefit from it! Our mission is to provide a statewide strategic planning framework for an innovative, inclusive, scalable, sustainable, and well-managed infrastructure that promotes FirstNet requirements and public safety for the residents and visitors of the State of Tennessee.

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About FirstNet

FirstNet will fulfill a promise made to first responders after 9/11 that they would have the technology they need to stay safe and do their jobs. By legislative mandate, FirstNet will establish a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network dedicated for first responders. The network will carry high-speed data, location information, images, and eventually streaming video. FirstNet will ensure interoperability among first responders and will take advantage of existing telecommunication assets, vendor competition and economies of scale to drive down costs to offer a dedicated public safety service at an attractive rate. FirstNet will create a single nationwide platform for public safety communications.

The Challenge

First responders need a reliable, secure way to reach public safety agencies across the U.S. Commercial land-based carrier channels are often congested when a widespread disaster hits. This break in communication poses a threat to responders and the public.

The Solution

A nationwide, low-latency broadband network designed for first responders, TACN FirstNet wants every first responder in Tennessee to adopt FirstNet technologies to ensure safety and efficiency in every response call. Complete exercises and training courses to prepare for the nationwide implementation of the FirstNet broadband network, earn awards and garner statewide recognition of your agency.

Our Team

Arnold Hooper

Arnold Hooper has been involved in Public Safety since 1976 beginning as a Volunteer Firefighter and Rescue Squad member working his way up the chain of command to attain the rank of Assistant Chief. In 1985 his vocation as an Electronic Technician and his passion for Public Safety combined when he accepted a position with the City of Chattanooga in the... more

Leadership Committee

The TACN FirstNet Leadership Committee is made up of members of state and local government, and was created to help guide and advise FirstNet efforts in Tennessee; it operates as a subcommittee under the TACN Advisory Panel. This committee provides a wide range of perspectives on public safety communications from all disciplines and jurisdictions, rural... more

Gerald Risner

Gerald Risner is a life-long Tennessee native that has been employed by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, Tennessee Highway Patrol Communications Sector for the past nine years. He is currently helping to head up the Tennessee Advanced Communication Network, known as TACN, an LMR P25 700/800/VHF trunking system that has been... more

How It Works

Sign Up Your Agency

Emergency responders or communication specialists sign up for program to begin training.

Complete Activities & Training Courses

First responders select and complete activities and training classes.

Share Experiences

Responders share a photo or document of their completed activity or training course online to earn points and inspire others to join.

Submit Points

Agencies receive points for completed activities and training courses. Points are tracked and promoted on the online leaderboard.

Become Certified & Win Awards

First responders become certified in a variety of training courses. Winning agencies gain statewide recognition and may receive awards or prizes.

PERFORMANCE LEVELS & ACTIVITIES