News Release

Verizon Wireless Supports Fire Fighters In Pueblo County, Colorado

Wireless Phones, Batteries and Chargers Delivered to Command Centers In Pueblo and Florence

July 12, 2005

Bob Kelley


Verizon Wireless, owner and operator of the nation's most reliable wireless network

Verizon Wireless has delivered 25 phones and equipment to the Command Centers in Pueblo and Florence, enabling coordinators and other emergency personnel to communicate with and direct fire-fighting teams

Verizon Wireless owns, maintains and deploys a fleet of Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS) and Cells on Wheels (COWS) that can mobilize quickly to provide temporary network facilities and capacity in the event of a natural disaster or other unplanned interruptions of voice and data service. The fleet is on standby to assist Southern Colorado fire-fighting efforts. So far, the existing network, which was recently enhanced with four new cell sites in the Pueblo area, is providing needed coverage.

In addition to the fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless' nationwide network reliability is supported by industry-leading redundancy and maintenance measures, which have proven particularly valuable during natural disasters and other emergencies. 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.

In Colorado, Verizon Wireless invested more than $107 million in network enhancements in 2004. The company has invested nearly $295 million over a three-year period in Colorado network upgrades alone.

B-Roll and high-quality still photographs of Verizon Wireless' mobile cell sites used for disaster response can be found at  

Bob Kelley
Verizon Wireless

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