Verizon Wireless engaged its Crisis Response Team (VCRT) to respond to a request from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team for additional cell phones and to boost wireless coverage for emergency personnel battling the fire west of Boulder, Colorado.
The Fourmile Canyon fire, which broke out Monday, has driven thousands of residents from their homes and consumed 6,388 acres through Wednesday evening.
Expanding coverage and capacity to existing cell sites in the area enhances wireless coverage so that emergency response teams and other Verizon Wireless customers can make more calls and send more data transmissions.
Wednesday, September 8 – Dispatched 50 fully-activated emergency wireless phones.
The Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team command center near Boulder.
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, dispatched emergency phones and other equipment to wildfire incidents around the country. This year alone, the company has provided hundreds of wireless phones with service to aid public safety officials and others.
Verizon Wireless invested more than $109 million in its Colorado network in 2009. The company’s ongoing network investment now totals more than $900 million in Colorado and $60 billion nationally since its inception in 2000.
Verizon Wireless’ Twenty-Ninth Street store in Boulder has established a free mobile charging station, added extra staff and increased its inventory of phone and device chargers.
In addition to its fleet of mobile equipment, Verizon Wireless’ reputation as the nation’s most reliable 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 most cell sites.
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