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"we will bankrupt ourselves in the vain attempt at absolute security"
Pres. / General Dwight D. Eisenhower
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