News Release

B-Roll And VNR Available Showing Verizon Wireless' Support Of Firefighters And Emergency Crews Who Battled The Georgia Wildfires

May 31, 2007

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7516

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — 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 (VNR) 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:

Verizon Wireless was 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 that impacted South Central and Southeast Georgia. Verizon Wireless committed resources to be the primary means of communication for the GEMA operation command center in Jesup.

The company's network team mobilized to ensure reliable connection for the emergency operations and extended network operations on-site 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.

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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