Case Studies

Below are a few Case Studies put together by the FirstNetME team to illustrate the practical value of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. The scenarios below are events that took place throughout Maine that required public safety resources and coordination to respond adequately. FirstNetME aims to learn from these incidents and provide a valuable service to Maine's first responders.

I95 Pile Up

On the morning of February 25, 2015 over 100 vehicles were involved in a major pile up on I-95. The accident was met with 91 first responders after over 70 calls to 911 within a 45 minute time span. The four-mile long pile up resulted in a total of 40 patients, 17 of which required ambulatory transport to two area hospitals.


USS Miami Shipboard (Submarine) Fire

On May 23, 2012 an arson fire raged for over 10 hours on the U.S.S. Miami at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. Approximately 20 different fire departments from the surrounding area were called in to help find the source and extinguish the fire.


Sugarloaf Mountain Chairlift Deropement

On Decemeber 28, 2010, Sugarloaf USA, a ski resort located in rural western Maine, experienced a mechanical failure on one of its chairlifts. This chairlift deropement resulted in five fallen chairs, eight victims requiring medical transport, and 150 stranded passengers. Dozens of ski patrollers from the mountain and public safety personnel from Carrabassett Valley responded.


Small's Falls Incident

A 58 year old male driving an oxygen delivery van southbound on Route 4 in Rangely swerved to avoid a deer, broke a utility pole, and cleared the guardrail falling tailgate first into the Small's Fall gorge. A coordinated rescue effort to retrieve the driver and safely remove the debris ensued.