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newsletters, bulletins, newspaper articles and trade journal articles concerning public

safety communications radios was conducted.

The literature review primarily determined the historical background regarding

radio communications systems. The literature review revealed advances in technology

applicable to the fire service and provided examples for Prince William County to

consider as it prepares to transition to an 800 MHz radio system.

A list of eight (8) interview questions was developed by this researcher (Appendix

D).

The personal interviews conducted were designed to solicit feedback from both

users and those responsible for managing radio systems. These individuals are a

representation from within Prince William County and neighboring jurisdictions to Prince

William County (Appendix B) some of who have experience implementing 800 MHz

radio systems. Personal interviews were conducted with John Maddox (Manager, Prince

William County Public Safety Communications Center), Joe Mize (Radio Systems

Administrator, Prince William County), Sam Somer (Communication Engineer, Prince

William County, Office of Information Technology), Captain John Diamantes (Fairfax

County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue), Lisa Thompson (Radio System Manager, Arlington

County, Virginia), Deputy Chief Matt Partlow (Loudoun County, Virginia, Fire and

Rescue), Randal Browning (Communications Coordinator, Alexandria, Virginia, Fire and

Rescue), Philip Myer (Emergency Services Coordinator, Fauquier County, Virginia),

Assistant Chief Dennis Raines (Marine Corp Base, Quantico, Virginia, Fire and Rescue),

and Chuck Thompson (Emergency Services Coordinator, Stafford County, Virginia),

using a predetermined list of questions (Appendix D) as a general guide. Most of the

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