09-08-2011, 08:21 AM #1
Firefighters Balk at Digital Radios
The headlong, federally backed push to buy tens of billions of dollars in digital equipment, including radios priced as high as $6,000 each, gained momentum despite the lack of any government standard ensuring that they'll perform for firefighters. Multiple investigations and tests have since found flaws in the equipment made by Motorola and its rivals.
Fire departments in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, Phoenix and Boise, Idaho - communities that have spent tens of millions of dollars on the new equipment - are so leery of problems that they won't use digital radios at fire scenes.
Boston firefighters "are not to use digital radios," said Joseph Brooks, radio supervisor for the city's Fire Department. "They don't have them because I said no."
http://www.firehouse.com/news/top-he...digital-radios"Take care of yourself first. Life is too short and you never know what tomorrow or for that matter...what the next few seconds is going to bring."
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