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  • RFDACM02
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    Originally posted by tree68 View Post
    But of course. The airfield service folks actually asked about IS mobiles. Which is sort of funny, when you think about it.
    I guess maybe they're reading the stupid signs on the gas pumps that say a cellphone could trigger and explosion and think that the radio waves themselves are the issue? Maybe Mythbusters could take this on, they've already "dis-proven" the cellphone issue.

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  • tree68
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    Originally posted by RFDACM02 View Post
    Maybe because the truck they're mounted in isn't IS?
    But of course. The airfield service folks actually asked about IS mobiles. Which is sort of funny, when you think about it.

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  • RFDACM02
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    Originally posted by tree68 View Post

    Ironically, neither the mobile radios in the fire trucks and airfield support vehicles (including refuelers) nor the vehicles they are mounted in are IS....
    Maybe because the truck they're mounted in isn't IS?

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  • ChiefKN
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    Public safety grade, but we didn't consider requiring them to be IS.

    There was no need as we don't operate in conditions that would expose the radio to that sort of risk.

    Tell that moron that you can be sued with or without IS radios. It has no bearing on getting sued. Usually all you need for a lawsuit is the money required to hire an attorney.

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  • tree68
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    When I set up the trunked radio system for a federal installation, the fire department got all IS handhelds, as did the fuel guys. As mentioned, the FD handles HM, not to mention being around fuels on the airfield.

    Ironically, neither the mobile radios in the fire trucks and airfield support vehicles (including refuelers) nor the vehicles they are mounted in are IS....

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  • RFDACM02
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    Originally posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Which begs the question: Is a Non I/S radio in a Level A suit I/S? T.C.
    That's what I'm thinking. If the atmosphere is anticipated to have vapor, our tech's wear Level A suits with the radios inside the suit.

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  • Rescue101
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    Originally posted by BoxAlarm187 View Post
    Motorola XTS3000. Radio, battery, and the department's radio shop (yes, we have our own /\/\otorola radio techs) are all IS.

    Our department's HM team serves 22 counties and 4 cities, so it made sense for all of the radios to be IS, as HM team members are not only assigned to the HM station, but some of the outlying stations also.

    That being said, I've yet to be sold on the need to IS radios for everyday fire service use.
    Which begs the question: Is a Non I/S radio in a Level A suit I/S? T.C.

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  • Rescue101
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    Originally posted by johnny46 View Post
    The other night, I caught two of our radios running with scissors.
    Say it ain't SO. T.c.

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  • Jonnee
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    Originally posted by blaster668 View Post
    I am making a poll on whether the portable radios your fire department uses are Intrinsic Safe rated. Please also list the make and model you use, and whether you are satisfied with them.

    Why are you doing this?

    Did some slick salesperson with a new type of snake oil visit your FD??

    We operate with Motorola XTS5000 hand helds.
    Last edited by Jonnee; 11-04-2010, 06:34 PM.

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  • Nick SBFD 6
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    As an end user and sleasy Motorola Salesman, I say not nessescary, with one caveat... As mentioned above, the HM teams. Another exception may be if you have an industrial hazard in your first due who requires it. Some of my customers have bulk fuel storage, power plants, propane plants and such.... These facilities all have IS radios, it would make sense for the responders to these facilities to have the same.

    The fact of the matter is on MOST radios, the ONLY difference between and FM approved radio and a non-approved radio is the little green sticker certifying it. Other than that they're identical, and there's a better probability of a lightning strike at a scene than a portable causing ignition.

    -Nick

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  • BoxAlarm187
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    Motorola XTS3000. Radio, battery, and the department's radio shop (yes, we have our own /\/\otorola radio techs) are all IS.

    Our department's HM team serves 22 counties and 4 cities, so it made sense for all of the radios to be IS, as HM team members are not only assigned to the HM station, but some of the outlying stations also.

    That being said, I've yet to be sold on the need to IS radios for everyday fire service use.

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  • johnny46
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    The other night, I caught two of our radios running with scissors.

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  • PaladinKnight
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    Originally posted by blaster668 View Post
    My whole premise for posting this poll is because I was having a discussion with a gentleman about fire service radios. He believes that all FD radios should be IS, and not doing so is basically a lawsuit waiting to happen. I tend to agree that IS is overrated and not necessary for the majority of us.
    Wow... I hate these ambulance chasers.

    I guess you can apply that thinking to just about every aspect of what we do. Can any of us really know we have taken all of the risk out of this job?

    I guess in a nut shell, all of us have a lawsuit just waiting to happen on something. Been there and done that before...

    It is getting to the point that now we must baby-proof every environment before we let the kids play. Let's get real guys... not going to happen.

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  • hwoods
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    Uh Huh..............

    Originally posted by blaster668 View Post
    My whole premise for posting this poll is because I was having a discussion with a gentleman about fire service radios. He believes that all FD radios should be IS, and not doing so is basically a lawsuit waiting to happen. I tend to agree that IS is overrated and not necessary for the majority of us.
    What kind of Radios does the Gentleman sell??........

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  • blaster668
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    My whole premise for posting this poll is because I was having a discussion with a gentleman about fire service radios. He believes that all FD radios should be IS, and not doing so is basically a lawsuit waiting to happen. I tend to agree that IS is overrated and not necessary for the majority of us.

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