Frederick Scalera joined Brooks Bawden, LLC in 2016. Previously, Fred served as Bureau Chief of the Interoperable Communications Bureau and the FirstNet State Point of Contact (SPOC) within The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. New Jersey is one of only five (5) early builders of the National Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Through Fred’s leadership, JerseyNet, a deployable based LTE network, has become one of the leading early builder deployments.
Mr. Scalera has a long history of public safety service and innovation. Fred retired in 2008 as a Deputy Chief with the Nutley Fire Department in New Jersey. Fred worked as an Arson Investigator assigned to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Task Force. Fred became the first Fire Service Arson Investigator to attend a Police Academy. He served as an instructor at the Essex County Police Academy for over 25 years
During Fred’s career with the Fire Service and Municipal Government he also became a Certified Fire Official and a Fire Sub Code Official under the New Jersey Construction Code. Fred not only served his home Township of Nutley, but also within Essex County as a Deputy Sherriff, the Deputy Coordinator of the County Office of Emergency Management and the Hazardous Material Coordinator.
Fred also served in the New Jersey State Legislature. He rose to be the Deputy Speaker of the New Jersey General Assembly and the Chairman of the Homeland Security Preparedness Committee.
After leaving Government in 2008, Fred became the Director of Public Safety Strategies for Alcatel-Lucent assigned to the Public Safety Broadband initiative in both the United States and Canada. Fred conducted the first successful LTE pilot in Las Vegas