Station Alerting problem and portable radios
I need some feedback. Our current station alerting eqiupment is old and needs to be replaced. We are looking at this right now but budget problems are slowing the process. In the meantime I need to know what procedures your communications center and responders uses in the event that you lose your station alerting equipment. If you can answer any of these questions for me your input would be greatly appreciated.
-What kind of fire station alerting equipment to you have?
-What types of redundancies do you have for alerting (tones, pagers, rip and run printers, ring downs, etc)?
-What is the back up procedure for notifying the stations if you lose your alerting equipment?
-What changes do the crews in the station make, if any, during this time (monitoring portables, etc)?
-Do your fire crews carry portable radios on them at all times (in quarters, out of quarters, day hours, night hours?)