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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.

  • F.

    C.C. – Federal Communications Commission.

  • I.

    A.F.C. – International Association of Fire Chiefs.

  • I.

    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

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