Verizon Wireless Boosts Coverage At The Canelo Fire Command Post in Southern Arizona To Help Emergency Crews Make More Calls

What:Verizon Wireless deployed a wireless repeater to boost coverage for emergency crews battling the Canelo Fire southeast of Sonoita.

When: Repeater on-air effective May 7, 2009

Where: In Santa Cruz County in Southern Arizona

Why: Verizon Wireless deploys mobile cell sites to enhance its network when there is a natural disaster or other unplanned event.

Network investment: Verizon Wireless has invested more than $755 million in its wireless network in Arizona and more than $50 billion nationally over the past eight years.

Reliability: 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 many cell site locations.

About Verizon Wireless Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 86.6 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 86,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit 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