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5. radio system?

What were the major issues associated with transitioning to an 800 MHz

Response/Comment Too much, too fast, i.e. 800 MHz, new SCBA, MCT’s Change, i.e. echoing/delay Accepting change, i.e., analog to digital Everyone having a portable – radio discipline needed Resistance to change – completely different technology Inventory control – more radios, assigned to specific apparatus Paging/toning of volunteer members Maintenance cost or two systems 800 MHz and 154 MHz Coverage problems (repeaters) Training Implemented system without being complete CDPD cost $40.00 per month per unit

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6. operations?

How did the change to an 800 MHz radio system impact fire and rescue

Response/Comment New operational policies needed In-building coverage an issue – use of talk around channels Reduced radio congestion - 3 channels to 15 channels Improved quality Safer environment since everyone has a portable Sublevels an issue – need for talk around channels More places (channels) to talk, you may lose someone – accountability tracking Lots more channels – capacity Frees up dispatch channel Supplemental information available from CAD Made dispatching easier Safer with emergency activation feature and unit identifier User knows if he is now out of range (honk) More channel capacity – smoother operation Lack of radio discipline

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