700 MHz & Volunteer Fire Dispatch: How Do You Replace Tones?
Our county (Baldwin, AL) is switching to the state's 700 MHz P25 system for police, fire, and EMS. In our county there are 39 fire departments, almost all of which are volunteer or volunteer combination. One of the issues that has come up with the new system is that there doesn't seem to be any simple way to utilize strictly the 700 MHz system to alert volunteer departments of calls. There is a way to digitally alert each radio to a call, but we were advised that this could cause up to a 40 second delay from time of alert activation to the time that all radios have been alerted (because each radio has to be individually alerted and acknowledge the alert - 50 radios can take a long time when this is done). What we would like to find is something that works a lot quicker, much like our old VHF alert tones (QuickCall II) used to work.
Does anyone have any experience in dealing with 700 MHz P25 systems and volunteer departments? If so, how have you solved the alerting issue?
Thanks for your help!