BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Verizon Frontline today introduced Chief Kara Kalkbrenner (Ret.), former Phoenix Fire Department Chief, as the newest member of the Verizon First Responder Advisory Council (VFRAC), bringing 37 years of safety experience public to this new role.
Kalkbrenner was one of six women serving as fire chiefs in major U.S. metropolitan fire departments. She led 2,300 public safety professionals while overseeing a budget of more than $550 million as Phoenix Fire Chief, and also served as co-chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Council of Women Fire Chiefs. firefighters (IAFC).
Kalkbrenner joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1985 and served in all operational roles within the department’s six divisions, including operations (fire response and emergency medical services), disaster prevention fire, human resources, physical resources, information technology and training.
“Joining the Verizon First Responder Advisory Council is the perfect opportunity for me to work directly with the Verizon Frontline team to provide the first-hand perspective of the fire safety community,” Kalkbrenner said. “I so look forward to joining this council of public safety professionals and distinguished career public servants as we work together to ensure that every first responder has the advanced network and technology they need to keep themselves safe. and that of our communities.”
The VFRAC advises Verizon Frontline on various aspects of its work with public safety agencies, including strategy, product development and public policy initiatives, helping to ensure that the services and solutions developed for public safety meet the needs first responders.
Verizon Frontline is the advanced network and technology designed for first responders — developed over nearly three decades of partnering with public safety officials and frontline agencies — to meet their unique and evolving needs.