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Red Grasso

Program Director, First Responder Emerging Technologies
North Carolina Dept of Information Technology


Red Grasso is the Single Point of Contact (SPOC) for the FirstNet project in North Carolina and the Director of the First Responder Emerging Technologies (FirstTech) Program housed at the Department of Information Technology. Red is instrumental in the launch of a new Public Safety Research Center in North Carolina as a collaboration between FirstTech, UNC-TV, and the Wireless Research Center. This Public Safety Research Center will evolve over time and as a first project is looking at how the next digital tv standard (ATSC 3.0) could be used to deliver 911 dispatch information to field responders. He received his B.S. from Western Carolina University in Emergency & Disaster Management and is also a graduate from the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. After serving for two years in an AmeriCorps program, he found a passion for public service. This led him to serve 10 years as a firefighter with the Town of Morrisville, North Carolina where he proactively volunteered for several committees and working groups focused on radio interoperability at different governmental levels. Taking on a more technical role, Red worked for St Louis County, Missouri for three years focused on the launch of a new P25 radio system for public safety in the region, providing leadership for interoperability policy and UASI grant funded projects. Red is also responsible for radio communications for the annual Burning Man event including coordination with federal and local partners that deploy their own systems.


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