fire departments can
improve their radio
It doesn’t always take a lot of money to make
a big difference in your communications
efficiency. Here are some simple ways to
maximize the investment you are already
committed to, without breaking the bank.
Add some color
2Have a back-up plan
An easy way to improve the safety of firefighters is
Many states are moving onto statewide or large
from leading P25 digital radio manufacturers.
and improved interoperability. Most statewide
Brightly colored radios are more visible in dark or
networks will charge an annual fee per radio for
smoky conditions. If a hi-visibility green radio is
joining the network which may be less expensive
dropped, it can be much more quickly seen and
than investing in a stand-alone network.
recovered, keeping the firefighter in communication.
However, when radio traffic is heavy, channel
EMS and EMT hygiene is also improved with the
capacity on statewide networks may be allocated
addition of color. Blood is more visible on green
to larger agencies. Where funding is possible, the
radios than it is on black radios.
best solution is to utilize the statewide network for
For agencies using multiple frequency bands,
interoperability, but also to have a back-up, stand-
different colored mobile control heads in your
alone network to meet your local communication
vehicles easily differentiates the radios by frequency.
and paging needs. A stand-alone network is more
As an example, for multiband mobiles, using a green
likely to meet your agency’s unique needs.
control head for VHF and a orange control head for