Verizon Wireless engaged its Significant Event Response Term (SERT) to respond to a request from the Crowley County Sheriff's Office for additional cellphones and to boost wireless coverage for emergency crews battling wildfires in southeastern Colorado.
Adding capacity to an existing cell site in the area enhances wireless coverage so that emergency response teams and other Verizon Wireless customers can make more calls.
Network technicians and 20 emergency wireless phones were dispatched to Ordway, Colo., Tuesday evening, April 15.
In southeastern Colorado, to the community of Ordway.
Verizon Wireless deploys mobile cell sites or boosts the call-handling capacity of existing sites to enhance its network when there is a natural disaster or other unplanned event. In the past year, Verizon Wireless has deployed mobile cell sites and other equipment to more than a dozen wildfire incidents around the country. Additionally, the company has provided more than 650 wireless phones with service to aid public safety officials and others.
Verizon Wireless invested more than $102 million in its Colorado network in 2007. The company's ongoing network investment now totals more than $700 million in Colorado and $44 billion nationally over the past seven years.
In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' reputation as the nation's most reliable wireless network is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures. This has proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies across the country.
Standard Verizon Wireless network-reliability features include battery back-up power at all facilities as well as generators installed at all switching facilities and many cell site locations.
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