discussions involved the major issues they experienced in implementing an 800 MHz
radio system and how the upgrade impacted fire and rescue operations. Each of the
interviewees has a strong background in fire service radio communications either from a
user background, a support background, or both. Each of them is a stakeholder in a fire
and rescue communications radio system.
The interviews were conducted between May 21, 2002 and June 6, 2002. The
length of time varied for each interview due to the specific area of expertise of the
interviewee. They ranged from twenty (20) minutes to ninety (90) minutes, averaging
forty-five (45) minutes overall. Eleven (11) interviews were conducted, eight (8) by
telephone and three (3) in person (Appendix E).
The purpose of the interviews was to determine how an 800 MHz radio system
should be successfully implemented into the Prince William County Department of Fire
and Rescue. The questions listed in Appendix D, along with the literature review, provide
the information necessary to determine the proper course of action. A list of
recommended strategies will be created from these results. Those recommendations will
be utilized by a committee given the task to implement the 800 MHz radio system.
Assumptions and Limitations
The literature review consisted of a number of trade magazine articles, textbooks,
technical reports, newsletters, bulletins, newspaper articles and Executive Fire Officer
research papers. It is assumed that the information described in these publications is
honest and accurate. A limiting factor is the ability of the researcher to validate the
information described due to my inexperience in my new assignment as the Public Safety
Communications Center Battalion Chief.