News Release

B-Roll: Firefighters Talk About Wireless Communication To Help Battle Angeles National Forest Wildfires

New Video Available Online From Verizon Wireless

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September 1, 2009

Tom Pica
Thomas.Pica@VerizonWireless.com
908-559-7516Ken Muche
Ken.Muche@verizonwireless.com
949-286-8193

WHO:
Verizon Wireless

WHAT:
Broadcast-quality B-Roll of:

  • Fire department officials discussing wireless communication
  • General shots of firefighters using cell phones and netbooks to keep in touch with friends and family
  • Technicians describing how firefighters are using wireless voice and data services

WHERE:
The B-Roll is available at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia  

WHEN:
Available immediately

BACKGROUND:
Firefighters and evacuees in Los Angeles County are relying on the Verizon Wireless network to coordinate efforts and stay connected as wildfires engulf thousands of acres in the Angeles National Forest and the San Jacinto Mountains.

Verizon Wireless donated more than 160 cellphones and nearly 100 Mobile Broadband cards for Internet access to help firefighters coordinate efforts and evacuees to stay connected in Southern California.

Verizon Wireless technicians have added capacity to area cell sites to keep customers connected as mandatory evacuations of residential and commercial neighborhoods generate spikes in call volume. Backup batteries and generators have powered several sites during intermittent commercial power interruptions caused by the fire.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving 87.7 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 87,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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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