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    Default "Plain Talk" Communications

    Can anyone help me find information with supporting facts on the benefits of switching to plain talk. If I am not mistaken, the USFA put oout a recommendation that all departments switch to this, but I can not find the article anymore. Personally, I know the pros and cons,,so we don't need to debate that. I just want solid studies or commentaries from official sources so I can present the info in a professional concise manner. Thanks for your help in advance.

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    Take a look at the National Incident Management System (NIMS) document. It can be found on the USFA website. Also, Homeland Security funding requires the use of plain language, except for law enforcement.
    Robert W. Seltzer
    Central Coventry Fire District
    Coventry, R.I.

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    Default NIMS and ICS

    Both now promtoe use of plain talk. Fire Dept's tend to be using plain talk in my area it is just those darn cops that love the 10 codes.

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    Question Is it not required now?

    Correct me if I am wrong (which my wife does all the time ) but aren't FD's required to use "clear speech" or "plain talk" now if they are planning on applying for any DHS grants?? And I think even the PD's , who gained exemption from the requirement due to "confidentiality", have to use it on multi-agency IMS incidents.

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    FEMA backed off/re-worded their plain language edict. They didn't abandon it, but backed off after all the controversy started.

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