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determine that is by getting involved to learn and understand the features and advantages

of the new radio system and how they can use them.

DISCUSSION

The research performed by this author supports the need to develop an effective

implementation plan for the proposed 800 MHz radio system for Prince William County.

The primary goal is to have a new state of the art 800 MHz trunked, digital public safety

radio system will provide reliable quality radio communication 100 percent of the time

for our personnel. It is obvious from the literature review and the interviews that proper

planning, buy-in and training are key issues to insure that an effective implementation

plan will be successful.

It is the opinion of this researcher that a radio system with additional frequencies,

better coverage and increased reliability is needed for the PWCDFR. The system should

be trunked to provide additional talk groups for multiple incidents or sectors with a given

incident. The additional talk groups will require a major change in how business takes

place in the dispatch center. Dispatchers will have to be able to manage more than one

incident at a time or provisions must be made to staff additional positions at the dispatch

center. This researcher believes that dispatchers should be trained and be able to handle

more than one incident at a time.

A department wide commitment to the successful implementation of this

important project is essential. The Fire Chief and her senior staff will have to show their

support of this project to the rank and file.

It would be beneficial that all operational battalion chief vehicles be equipped

with vehicle repeaters to insure that there will always be sufficient radio repeater

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