News Release

B-Roll Available: Verizon Wireless Supports Firefighters And Emergency Crews Battling Georgia Wildfires

May 10, 2007

Caran Smith
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com
678-339-4891

WHO:

Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless company with the most reliable voice and data network

WHAT:

B-Roll featuring:

  • Georgia firefighters using their wireless phones
  • The Verizon Wireless Cell on Wheels (COW) in use in Georgia
  • Sound bites from Georgia emergency responders
  • A narrated package highlighting Verizon Wireless' efforts to ensure reliable communications in Georgia's emergency forest fire areas

WHERE:

The B-Roll can be found and downloaded at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia  

WHEN:

Available Immediately

BACKGROUND:

Firefighters from across the country are battling a 100,000 acre wildfires that stretches from Ware to Charlton. In Davis County, several families were ordered to leave their homes and there were mandatory evacuations for Moniac, Georgia and southern Charlton County.

Verizon Wireless has been called upon by state officials to serve as a vital communications link for first responders in the areas affected by the extreme drought and forest fire conditions impacting South Central and Southeast Georgia. Verizon Wireless has committed resources to be the primary means of communication for the GEMA operation command center in Jesup.

The company's network team mobilized last week to ensure reliable connection for the emergency operations and has extended network operations onsite with a COW (Cell on Wheels). Verizon Wireless COWs (Cells on Wheels) are self-contained mobile cell sites specifically designed for rapid and short-term response. These mobile cell sites can process thousands of calls an hour, enabling more emergency response teams and residents to use their wireless phones concurrently.

CONTACT:

Caran Smith
Verizon Wireless
678-339-4891
Caran.Smith@verizonwireless.com  

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 60.7 million customers. The largest US wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 66,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.  

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