Ryan Fields-Spack

Director, Public Safety Strategy and Policy, Response Operations Group
FirstNet Program at AT&T
Ryan Fields-Spack is a member a unique team within AT&T specifically chosen for their public safety experience. Their primary focus is to advocate for the needs of all public safety agencies and line level personnel as FirstNet is stood up across the nation. As a public safety advocate for AT&T and FirstNet, Ryan travels the country speaking to first responders on the challenges they face: learning what they need to do their job in an age of ubiquitous technology and capabilities. Ryan is also a member of the command staff tasked with managing the FirstNet Response Operations Group. Ryan Joined AT&T after 10 years with the city of Aurora, Colorado Fire Department. Prior to joining AT&T, Ryan served as a Captain. He also worked with the departments as a fire Lieutenant and the Coordinator for the City of Aurora Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Ryan started as a line level Firefighter/Paramedic. Ryan is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security with a master’s degree in Securities Studies-Homeland Security and Defense. His thesis focused on how the human dynamic can be managed within a unified command on complex incidents such as an active shooter. Alexandra, Ryan's wife, is a co-director of Premier School of Dance, a dance studio in the Denver Metro area. Both Ryan and Alex are avid cyclists and regularly ride hill climb races in the Colorado mountains. Ryan is particularly gushy about his two boys and new baby girl and will be happy to show you the latest cute pictures of them.

Sessions by Ryan Fields-Spack

01:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Al Gillespie 

How Can You Help us Respond Effectively? Response Operations and the Public-Private Partnership at Work for You


Open discussion on FirstNet Response Operations from both sides of the Public-Private Partnership including open Q&A with the audience.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Response Operations Innovation


Presentation Description:
Your ability to communicate is critical – especially during a crisis or a natural disaster. FirstNet® gives you the backup you need to stay connected, so you can coordinate your public safety response and quickly gain access to the voice and data you need in an emergency.

With FirstNet, you have access to the Response Operations Group (ROG). This dedicated team of former first responders works under proven National Response Framework/NIMS/ICS principles and understands your mission-critical needs. The team is available 24/7/365 and works with your agency to identify and deploy the best solution based on your situation – drawing on a fleet of 150 dedicated deployable assets, at no additional cost to you.

In the spirit of true partnership, the ROG, along with other FirstNet team members, works directly with first responders to address service reliability in times of critical need. The ROG continuously refines the scope of its abilities to help ensure public safety needs are met. This ongoing advancement includes developing and fielding emerging capabilities to deliver expedient, simple and effective capabilities to the field. Customers now have the ability to own and operate many of the same solutions utilized by the ROG. Customer ownership of broadband LTE equipment adds speed and flexibility as well as the ability to tailor solutions and processes to meet unique needs.

FirstNet operates on the leading edge of innovation in terms of augmenting and extending LTE coverage when your mission depends on it.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the purpose, mission and capabilities of the FirstNet Response Operations Group
  • Recognize the valued partnership between FirstNet and the First Responder community
  • Be able to identify specific emerging capabilities on the FirstNet roadmap
  • Learn about specific solutions that organizations can own that strengthen their ability to stay connected even within minutes of an event. These solutions include B14 repeaters, B14- exclusive High Power User Equipment, Cell Booster Pro and our Compact Rapid Deployable, which puts LTE broadcast capability right into first responders’ hands.
09:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Prathima Simha 

App-Based Response Innovation


Presented by:

08:10 AM - 08:30 AM
Dick Mirgon 

Kentucky Flooding: How FirstNet Bolsters Communications in Disaster Areas


Learn how the FirstNet team at AT&T provides critical communications support for disaster recovery efforts with dedicated portable network assets from the FirstNet fleet to provide public safety with priority communications and to enhance their situational awareness.