Hey, just got a request this week from the parish OEP wanting a list of my members and apparatus....basically, wanted to know how many radios we would need to outfit every member and truck with a 700 mHz radio. So I'm like, OK, what's the deal? Seems there has been some talk of converting a lot of public safety agencies to 700mHz, and now in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and all the associated communication problems that arose, they're supposedly fast-tracking this project.
I was led to understand that we could potentially be getting all our radios replaced with 700 mHz. I assume there would also be some kind of interoperability provisions with the new system.
Now, we just laid out a bunch of $$$ a couple of years ago for some new radios (didn't replace all, just added to what we already have and replaced some of the really trashed ones). The lady at the OEP wasn't sure if these "new" radios were meant to replace what we have or as a supplement, to ensure that all agencies can talk together in another big incident.
If it's a replacement for our current radios, we'll have to change our operation somewhat, because you can't get voice pagers in 700mHz (at least not from Motorola)....which means dispatch on one system and talk on a totally different one (I know some of you out there are probably already doing this, if you're on 800 mHz or whatever....)
My question is, any of you communications types out there hear of this? What's the deal? Is this really in the works, because it's the first I've heard of it.