DALLAS, TX — Verizon Wireless deployed a temporary cell site, or Cell on Wheels (COW) to the Fort Davis area to support the communication needs of those leading the firefighting relief efforts from the federal, state and local government. The COW improves the Verizon Wireless network coverage in the Davis Mountains State Park.
Furthermore, Verizon Wireless has been in regular contact with the Emergency Operation Commands at the Fort Davis and Possum Kingdom fires – and should additional assistance be requested, Verizon Wireless has personnel, aircards, and Push To Talk devices to aid with any other communication efforts needed by the first responders or local authorities.
“Wireless communication is crucial during emergency situations,” said region president Frank Antonacci. “It’s of utmost importance that first responders and emergency personnel have a strong network to support their communications needs where and when it’s most needed.”
These relief efforts are a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to provide the best wireless experience for its users. In 2010 Verizon Wireless invested more than $413.6 million to enhance voice and data services and improve wireless coverage throughout Texas, and more than 91,000 miles were traveled across the state by Verizon Wireless “test men” during the same time period. Verizon Wireless has continued the intensive investments and preparations that have proven critical during and after other catastrophic events. These preparations include deploying teams of “Test Men” to ensure network coverage is strong; maintaining a fleet of dozens of Cells on Wheels (COWS), Cells on Light Trucks (COLTS), and generators on trailers (GOaTS); adding cell sites, and many more initiatives.
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