Fw: 800-band in Fire Service
- Please respond to:
regarding the message below:
>>> Randall.Larson@c... 5/30/01 3:19:24 AM >>>Pls forward any responses to me - an associate in Illinois is asking:
I am looking for fire departments that are using the 800 mhz radio system
in the dispatch centers. Our city has been using Motorola 800 trunking for
about 2 years, it works for police but the fire department wants to trash
the system and go back to using high band. I am just trying to do some
research to see if other agencies are having the same problems.
The fireman carrying pagers which are high band that they are toned out on.
The actual call is then handled on the 800 mhz. They receive feed back from
their pagers. They are also complaining about feedback from other areas
which does not come across on my tape recordings but they have had a
negative attitude towards the change from the very beginning.They advise
they can not hear what is going on when they are in a building but when it
is tested you can hear fine. They claim the 800 radio's have too many
buttons and it is too complicated for them to worry about different talk
groups and having to change to different channels. Asking if any other
departments have any policies on how they are to handle their dispatching
using the 800system.
I suspect the problem may be more user/command-generated than equipment, but
if you'll reply with any relevant data or SOPs that you have I'll forward
them on to the requestor.
Thanks - Randall/SJFire
Patricia E. Gibbons
Communications Technology Supervisor
City of San Jose - ITD/communications