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    Quote Originally Posted by dfd707
    Hmm, that could be many. Ok where to start.
    1. CELL PHONES - In Massachusetts, Cell phones are answered at 1 of 3 locations. Middleboro, Framingham and Northampton State Police Dispatch centers. Problem: technology coupled with implementing inadequate equipment and inadaquate planning just is a trainwreck. I'll get specific if anybody cares.

    2. VERIZON!!! Unfortunately, a lot of local departments get dispatched through there on radio system. Phone lines are used to connect our center to there system to tone out -Yes, people in the boondocks still use toning. MDT, what the hell is that?? LOL -Anyway, 8 out of 10 problems are caused by phone lines.

    3. Nozzlehead and "The Law" decide their portables are "failsafe equipment" and that they can use them anywhere. Guess what, 5watts or less isn't going to cut it....Can u say REPEATER MAYBE!!

    4. Outdated equipment - CAD and Radio systems. In My centers case, its the fault of the State Police MIS department or the Heads saying we don't need it. Yeah OK. Send a firefighter in without a hose or a cop without Pepperspray or gun...Don't really need it , right?

    5. STATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS BOARD - No explanation needed. They are in there own world... Know what, I should have listed them as #1

    6. Supervisors not listening to there people.

    Guess that is enough for now. Cell phones are out of control.
    I would say that a majority of your problems are easily fixable. Your problem is not the above list but a failure on your communication systems manager.

    Cell phones........get phase II compliant (you are collecting 911 surcharges?)

    Repeaters....build more! It is not the users fault that there is not enough infrastructure

    Outdated equipment/state telecom board Who is going to these meetings, who is make noise, 5 billon is going to be set aside for interoperability, get some!

    Someone needs to be dedicated (a full time job for someone) to fixing these problems. Push for someone to do this to fix the problems!


    Telephone lines... Go microwave, should have been done from the beginning, leased lines are a cop out for critical infrastructure

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    Microwave isn't always possible if you don't have a clear shot and/or towers in convinient spots to make it happen. Sometimes RTPA circutis are it.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    How about our dispatch for the entire county ran out of the biggest city, 35,000 people, in the county, not only that but out of there PD.

    Dispatchers hopping from PD channel, to county SO, to State Law Enforcement, to city FD, private ambulance, to another county channel, to one rural fire which has 2 depts on it channel. Depending on what all is happening they could be hopping through more channels if everyone in the county was out. There is 3 dispatchers, put one on city, and one on county, one on overflow. simple but they don't do that. They had a rural FD calling for directions to a fire and the dipatcher told them to standby, in the mean while that dispatcher switched to city PD and was telling the dog catcher where some dog was running loose in a neighbor hood.

    Having 2 county repeaters one of which is the county highway dept., niether one works very well, lots of dead spots in the edges of the county. No direct portable radio to dispatch communications.

    Dispatch not having a very good computer mapping system or E911/radio comm, and the county has all addresses start from the center of the city and go through out the county. For example my dept, no matter which direction from town we go its ALL a southwest address, until 5 miles south of town where the county line is, then its NW.


    County 911 cooridnator on the CITY's payrole, and not giving a rat's @$$ about anything past the city limits.

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    Dont Want This To Sound Weird But I Dont Think We Really Have Too Much Of A Lack Of Communication Except That We Have Such A Large Center That Its Hard For Us To Communicate From Front To Back (ems And Fire In Back Circle, Pd In Front)....oh And One Fd If We Ever Go Into Site Trunking Mode For 800 Radios...they Are Screwed Cuse Their Tower Is Out Of Range Lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Code3Jeep
    Dont Want This To Sound Weird But I Dont Think We Really Have Too Much Of A Lack Of Communication Except That We Have Such A Large Center That Its Hard For Us To Communicate From Front To Back (ems And Fire In Back Circle, Pd In Front)....
    That should be easy to fix with phone or console intercoms.


    oh And One Fd If We Ever Go Into Site Trunking Mode For 800 Radios...they Are Screwed Cuse Their Tower Is Out Of Range Lol
    Failsoft mode is a pain in the *** even when you are in range!
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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