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    Looking for info on how FD are programming handhelds for Emergency Call or Mandown.

    Are you using the "orange" button that is on most modern fire service handhelds?

    How is it programmed? Who does it call, what channel (fire command, EMS, Law?). Does it send out an alert tone, stored voice message????

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    We disabled the orange button. It was originally programmed to send a tone to our dispatch center. It alerted the dispatch center that a radio was in emergency mode. Had too many false notifications with too little detail so we disabled them.

    Guys get in trouble, they do a Mayday on the radio. Everyone else switches to a different channel leaving the mayday FF and IC on the original channel alone.

    It works for us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones42 View Post
    We disabled the orange button. It was originally programmed to send a tone to our dispatch center. It alerted the dispatch center that a radio was in emergency mode. Had too many false notifications with too little detail so we disabled them.

    Guys get in trouble, they do a Mayday on the radio. Everyone else switches to a different channel leaving the mayday FF and IC on the original channel alone.

    It works for us.
    Ditto...

    I've also had the orange button turn on a backlight on certain radios.

    It is a nice idea, but doesn't work well for FF's. For cops it should definitely be activated as an emergency button.
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    We haven't deactivated the buttons yet, but follow a similar procedure. Call mayday over the radio, everybody else changes channels.

    We have a lot of false alarms, unfortunately it locks up the control center consoles if the user doesn't reset them.

    Probably a good idea for the police and maybe EMS since they can theoretically hit the button without notifying the people around them that they are calling for backup.

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    Sounds logical.

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    On our Motorola UHF Radios we have the button programmed to send an Emergency Tone to Dispatch. Lately, we have not had many false-calls.

    On our Motorola 800 MHz Radios it is programmed to switch between the Talk Groups.
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    Both at the VFD and work, the orange button sends an emergency tone to the dispatcher. The radio also sounds a tone to let the FF immediately know that the button has been pressed in case it was an accidental activation.

    We elected not to have the radio's mic stay open after the button was depressed.
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