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.
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