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    I am currently an engineering student in college looking for ideas to pursue. I am looking for some every day problems that you as a firefighter face as far as equipment. Currently I have been working a design to read the temperature within your surroundings and warn you as it nears flash over temps. looking for input and further ideas, thank you for your time.

  • #2
    Originally posted by fire5555
    better fire fighter to firefighter communication

    with all the modern technology out there why can't a fire fighter be able to communicate clearly to another with scba on??
    And what about these $3000.00 apiece portable radios we're all now being forced to buy (in our case, x2 as we operate in 2 different counties on to different bands...) and not being able to communicate with the boss out in the front yard, without being "bonked"......Or how about creating a radio that can be programmed to xmit and receive on 2 different bands....so that we dont have to spend $6000.00 bucks for portables for each SCBA position on the rig?
    "Loyalty Above all Else. Except Honor."

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    • #3
      Why can't we run the old, lo-band, analog signals on the fire ground and allow the fancy (expensive) radios with built in digital tacking / data? What are we gaining with the current set up, and why aren't we allowed to go back (other than M not continuing to build the units)?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by HuntPA View Post
        Why can't we run the old, lo-band, analog signals on the fire ground and allow the fancy (expensive) radios with built in digital tacking / data? What are we gaining with the current set up, and why aren't we allowed to go back (other than M not continuing to build the units)?
        Many agencies that have gone digital have also gone analog for FG work - albeit on the same band as the digital system. But that way, the same radio can do both.

        The problem is that when you go "off net," you lose that emergency button, except for the folks on the same channel, unless your system has installed "gateways" that monitor and allow communications with the off-net channels.

        At a recent sporting event, firefighters helping to provide traffic control were using VHF-Low radios and marvelled at how well the hams were communicating (via a nearby repeater), especially since they couldn't seem to talk to much of anyone....
        Opinions my own. Standard disclaimers apply.

        Everyone goes home. Safety begins with you.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by tree68 View Post
          The problem is that when you go "off net," you lose that emergency button, except for the folks on the same channel, unless your system has installed "gateways" that monitor and allow communications with the off-net channels.
          In your search you get cut off by fire breaking through the floor. You are forced into a side room. Are you taking the time to find an emergency button or are you calling Mayday with a situation and location report? Why do you care if dispatch hears your Mayday? Isn't it more important that the people on scene that are geared up and ready to help can hear you rather than relying on a tower / repeater / digital talk group?

          The more moving parts, the more likely a breakdown.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by HuntPA View Post
            In your search you get cut off by fire breaking through the floor. You are forced into a side room. Are you taking the time to find an emergency button or are you calling Mayday with a situation and location report? Why do you care if dispatch hears your Mayday? Isn't it more important that the people on scene that are geared up and ready to help can hear you rather than relying on a tower / repeater / digital talk group?

            The more moving parts, the more likely a breakdown.
            Our system allows the radio to go from 2 watts to 5 watts upon pressing the emergency button. It also displays the assigned position and unit of the transmitting member on chiefs' radios and on a display (which adds name of member) in chief's cars. The transmitted verbal mayday message sometimes goes unheard but the emergency alert is heard by everyone with a radio.
            I realize we have a sophisticated system that is not available to everyone.

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