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coverage on all major emergency incidents. It is also important that technological

upgrades such as mobile data, automated vehicle locators, and status change heads be

considered in the future to enhance the current computer aided dispatch center.

No jurisdiction is immune from disaster. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and

aircraft accidents can cripple even the best communications systems. It is important to

plan for these rare occasions where the radio system is out of service or overloaded. The

PWCDFR should develop contingencies to continue operations should the system

become disabled or overloaded. The use of HAM radio operators, as well as cellular

phones may be valuable in times of crisis.

The radio operators’ identification and emergency activation features are valuable

and have the possibility of saving the lives of fire and rescue personnel in a variety of

situations from fires to hazardous materials emergencies to medical calls. Since portable

radios are occasionally lost or stolen, the disable feature would provide protection against

those who may try to disrupt our communications.

A plan to continue simulcasting on the current 154 MHz frequency should be

included. This can provide a secondary means of emergency call back of off duty

personnel who have minitors, monitors and scanners in their private vehicles or at home.

The news media covers the fire and emergency medical services by monitoring our

frequencies. One of our best public relations tools is the press reporting on our

operations. The freelance photographers and reporters will be able to continue to monitor

our dispatch channel if we continue to simulcast.

The Public Safety Wireless Network committee commissioned by the Federal

Communications Commission is continuously examining ways to deal with the

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