It was assumed that the interviewers had a genuine stake in the quality of fire
service radio communications and that their professional positions provide them with
ample knowledge to offer constructive feedback to this research. Limiting factors of the
interview process include the relatively small number of people interviewed and the
inability of this researcher to determine if the number of interviewers was an accurate
sampling of fire service radio communications users/managers. While the personal
interviews provided valuable opinions, each respondent has a somewhat different stake in
the use and/or management of a fire and rescue service radio communication.
Definition of Terms
AVL – Automatic Vehicle Locator: assists the dispatcher in determining the location of
the closest most appropriate fire and rescue unit to the emergency incident.
BDA – Bi-directional Antenna: assists the microwave system in providing reception
between the emergency scene and the dispatch center.
Conventional Radio System – A system where a single channel or a pair of channels is
employed, which may require the end user to wait for a break to seize the channel.
Digital Computer – Electronic device which processes information based on whether a
circuit is on or off; contrast to analog computer which processes information based on
continuous smooth or linear operation of a circuit.
C.C. – Federal Communications Commission.
A.F.C. – International Association of Fire Chiefs.
A.F.F. – International Association of Firefighters.
Interoperability – An essential communications link within Public Safety and public
service communications systems which permits units from two or more different agencies