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Red GrassoDirector, FirstTech ProgramNorth Carolina Department of Information Technology

Red Grasso is the Director of the First Responder Emerging Technologies (FirstTech) Program at the State of NC. Red also serves as the FirstNet Single Point of Contact (SPOC) and is currently involved in several projects at the national level with DHS S&T, DHS CISA ECD, and the FCC. He spent a decade as a firefighter with the Town of Morrisville, North Carolina before moving into the technologies and working for St Louis County, Missouri deploying a regional P25 trunked radio system. Focusing on public safety communications, he has served in many roles at different levels of government including disaster response at the local, state, and federal levels. His bachelor’s degree is in Emergency and Disaster Management and is a graduate of the Community Preparedness and Disaster Management program at UNC-CH. Red is also responsible for the communications system at the annual Burning Man event in Nevada.