Verizon Frontline connects first responders in Utah during search and rescue training
Verizon Frontline connects first responders in Utah during search and rescue training


SEVIER, Utah – The Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team recently provided mission-critical communications capabilities in support of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office and several other public safety agencies during the annual Utah Search and Rescue (SAR) Conference in Fish Lake.

At the request of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office, the Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team delivered a Satellite Picocell on Trailer (SPOT), a Rapid Response Connectivity Unit (RRCU), and numerous other Verizon Frontline solutions to ensure connectivity for the 450 attendees at the training conference.

SPOTs are rapidly deployable resources that help provide critical voice and data services in areas where connectivity can be difficult, including mountainous and remote areas of Utah.

The RRCU is C-band (5G) capable and features low (LEO) and medium earth (MEO) orbit satellite connectivity options, a cloud-controlled firewall, a cloud-controlled router/switch, and 4G LTE network extenders capable of supporting up to 120 active users. This facility is also built on a rugged, all-terrain motorized cart, features a gasoline generator with an additional 5-gallon fuel tank, and operates at nearly any altitude and in nearly any climate.

To strengthen skills in conducting search and rescue operations, Utah regularly conducts comprehensive training conferences and exercises that simulate real-world emergency scenarios.

This year’s Search and Rescue Conference included CPR certifications, drone courses, tracking exercises, SAR capability demonstrations, and presentations from a number of different agencies designed to help improve interoperability across the state.

“The connections Verizon Frontline made during this event were critical to the success of our mission and training conference efforts,” said Sheriff Nathan J. Curtis of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office. “Maintaining necessary communications during the event provided real opportunities to link different communications systems together and coordinate efforts on the ground. The team and staff at Verizon Frontline were great to work with and they are an asset to the company.”

The Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team provides on-demand emergency response to government agencies and first responders in crisis situations at no cost to the agencies being supported. Verizon Frontline Crisis Response Team members deploy mobile cell sites, Wi-Fi hotspots, charging stations, and other Verizon Frontline devices and solutions that enable communications and/or enhance network performance.

Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology for first responders – developed over more than three decades of working with frontline public safety officials and agencies – to meet their unique and evolving needs. Find out more on our website.

By Isla