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capabilities and limitations of your system and having backup plans available are also

important keys to success. The solution to all future problems you may encounter with

your radio system does not rely on technology as the answer but with the people who will

be relying on the radio system. The more users you get involved with designing and

implementing the radio system, the better the radio system will perform.

PROCEDURES

The desired outcome of this applied research project was to develop a successful

implementation plan for a new 800 MHz radio system for the Prince William County

(Virginia) Fire and Rescue Department. The research method used was action research

and consisted of a literature review and personal interviews. The process of gathering

information from a variety of sources proved to be beneficial and provided a broad base

from which to formulate ideas and to suggest recommendations for implementing an 800

MHz radio system.

First, a literature review was initiated during February 2002 at the National

Emergency Training Center’s Learning Resource Center during the author’s attendance at

the National Fire Academy. Additional searches were conducted through the

Management and Government Information Center (MAGIC) of the Prince William

County Public Library Center. Several published resources were also obtained from the

Prince William County Public Safety Training Center in Prince William County, Virginia

and through the Internet. Source material dated from 1985 to 2002. A review of

nationally recognized texts, Executive Fire Officer’s research papers, technical reports,

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