News Release

Verizon Wireless Assists Firefighters in Wenatchee

Company Donates Phones and Increases Capacity to Aid Firefighters in North Central Washington

August 16, 2001

Susan Shepard
susan.shepard@verizonwireless.com
503-408-2008

BELLEVUE, WA — As firefighters work around the clock to battle the wildfires in North Central Washington, communication is critical in coordinating emergency and relief efforts. To help meet the communications needs of firefighters and emergency relief organizations, Verizon Wireless has donated 12 wireless phones and accompanying service to the U.S. Forest Service in the Wenatchee area. In addition, Verizon Wireless crews are building additional capacity in the Wenatchee area network to handle the increased call volumes and support emergency communications.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 28 million wireless voice and data customers. The coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), including Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless and PrimeCo Personal Communications. Verizon Wireless has a footprint covering more than 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 97 of the top 100 U.S. markets. The company, headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, is 40,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company on the Web at http://www.verizonwireless.com.

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