Verizon Wireless Supports Fire Fighters In Montana

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

WHAT/WHERE: Verizon Wireless has established a Cell on Wheels (COW) temporary cell site near the American Red Cross site in Alberton, MT, and delivered 30 phones and equipment to enable coordinators and other emergency personnel to communicate with and direct fire fighting teams in the remote canyon area.

MOBILE CELL SITE FLEET: 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 COW was placed in service near Alberton within hours of the request for support.

NETWORK RELIABILITY: 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.

NETWORK INVESTMENT: In Montana, Verizon Wireless invested more than $15 million in network enhancements in 2004. The company has invested nearly $75 million over a three-year period in Montana network upgrades alone.

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

About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless owns and operates the nation's most reliable wireless network, serving 47.4 million voice and data customers. Headquartered in Bedminster, NJ, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at  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