What: Verizon Wireless engaged its Crisis Response Term (VCRT) to respond to a request from CAL FIRE for additional cell phones and to boost wireless coverage for emergency personnel battling the wildfire near Ambrose, California.
The Modoc Lightning Complex Fires are among the 180-plus wildfires currently burning throughout the forests in northeastern California.
Expanding coverage and capacity to an existing cell site 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.
When:A Network Repeater, 30 emergency wireless phones and 30 Mobile Broadband devices were dispatched to Ambrose, California on Wednesday, July 28, 2010.
Where:The CAL FIRE Command Center established in Ambrose, California.
Why: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 and other equipment to wildfire incidents around the country. Additionally, the company has provided hundreds of wireless phones with service to aid emergency responders, relief workers and others.
Network Investment:Verizon Wireless’ ongoing network investment in California now totals nearly $5.7 billion. Nationally, the company has invested more than $60 billion since it was formed -- $5.7 billion on average every year -- to increase the coverage and capacity of its premier nationwide network and to add new services. The result is the nation’s largest, most reliable 3G network that powers services such as Mobile Broadband and Email.
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.
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