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RapidDeploy Lightning Mobile App Earns FirstNet Verified™ Designation
FirstNet Subscribers Can Now Access Lightning via the FirstNet App Catalog
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AUSTIN, Texas (April 18, 2024) – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Following FirstNet’s rigorous review process, RapidDeploy, the leading cloud-native solution provider for public safety, today announced Lightning is now FirstNet® Verified™ and accessible via the FirstNet App Catalog.

Lightning, a new mobile application for field responders, was introduced to the market in 2023 and delivers 911 data directly from a RapidDeploy Radius Mapping-enabled call center to field responders’ devices. Lightning was created to extend Next Generation 911 (NG911) to the field, equipping field responders with actionable information to reduce response times, drive better outcomes, and improve responder safety.

Powered by RapidDeploy’s Radius Mapping platform, Lightning provides all responders with a common operating picture of location accuracy, situational awareness, and call/incident details, empowering teams to make informed decisions through greater communication, efficient coordination, and more effective response throughout the unified 911 workflow.

FirstNet – America’s public safety communications platform – features the first-ever App Catalog geared for first responders, featuring more than 220 apps relevant to public safety’s mission. This gives FirstNet subscribers a dedicated location to find meaningful new solutions that have been specifically reviewed for use with FirstNet services. Before any mobile solution can be added to the FirstNet App Catalog, it must pass stringent third-party tests for security, relevancy, data privacy, and more.  

"We are proud to announce that Lightning has received the FirstNet Verified™ designation, further shaping a new future for emergency response,” said Steve Raucher, CEO and co-founder of RapidDeploy. “This achievement underscores our commitment to providing cutting-edge technology that enhances situational awareness and provides greater access to real-time intelligence throughout the emergency response journey."

Achieving a FirstNet Verified™ designation means Lightning is a vetted and trusted solution for public safety, meeting FirstNet app requirements. Additionally, FirstNet subscribers will benefit from FirstNet's reliability when using Lightning.

FirstNet, Built with AT&T is bringing public safety communications into the 21st century with new, innovative capabilities to strengthen first responders' incident response. And it's helping them connect to the critical information they need – every day and in every emergency.

“We only add applications to the FirstNet App Catalog that are high quality and relevant to public safety. And we’re pleased that Lightning is now Verified and available to FirstNet subscribers,” said Matt Walsh, assistant vice president (AVP) of product management and development, FirstNet Program at AT&T. “Lightning will bring public safety additional capabilities to improve emergency response outcomes for all agencies and extend the power of NG911 to first responders through enhanced situational awareness and resilience to the field.”  

“Through our work with first responders, we heard their need for innovative applications to assist with their lifesaving missions. FirstNet is helping to address these needs, and we are pleased to welcome Lightning to the FirstNet App Catalog,” said Jeff Bratcher, chief network and technology officer, First Responder Network Authority.

To learn more about Lightning, go to Click here for a full list of apps in the FirstNet App Catalog. For more on FirstNet, check out

FirstNet and the FirstNet logo are registered trademarks and service marks of the First Responder Network Authority. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

About RapidDeploy

Founded in 2016, and based in Austin, TX, RapidDeploy is the leading cloud-native platform for public safety. We provide Next Generation 911 solutions that deliver intelligent information throughout the emergency response journey, empowering agencies and first responders to drive better outcomes in mission critical situations. With a curated partner network, our platform combines mobile signals, critical datasets, and call information into a single operating system, improving emergency response with location accuracy, situational awareness, modern communications, and actionable insights. Our products improve outcomes and ultimately save lives. In 2024, RapidDeploy earned recognition for the 7th year in a row as a prominent company to watch on the GovTech 100 list, and as a winner on Fast Company’s 2024 Most Innovative Company list. Learn more at


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