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  • #16
    Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post

    Your standard restrictions, 1 per riding position, one for POV of Chief is still your standard.
    You could always us the P25 pagers, with the firefighters getting radios out of the engines upon their arrival on the scene. Or you could maintain your old VHF radios for onscene, even tying them into a talkgroup on the new system via a bridge.
    I thought i saw on handhelds that 1 per riding position on rescues, tankers, and brush trucks wasn't true. I very well could be mistaken but could you elaborate on whether you can have a handheld for every riding position in every vehicle or just for engines. Thanks!


    • #17
      Per seated riding positions on your fleet. Now use common sense here, just because your Chief drives a Expedition does not mean they are going to fund 9 portables for his vehicle.Just because your "gopher" truck has a bench seat with three seat belts does not mean they are goign to fund 3 portables for it. In these days of such heavy competition for such a limited amount of money the wise grant writer always keep in mind the word "conservative and reasonable".
      Kurt Bradley
      Fire/EMS/EMA Grant Consultant
      " Never Trade Skill for Luck"


      • #18
        Copy that Kurt, Thank You!

        I will move forward with 1 per riding position in our Engines, and then probably 1 per vehicle after that. Are there any hints or inside help you can give us faithful followers in terms of terminology that they are looking for? The radios that are being replaced are construction grade, non-NFPA Compliant 12 year old radios.


        • #19
          Get in touch with your state regional interoperability czar. They can tell you exactly what complies with their requirements, and every radio grant goes to them for review.

          If you need contact information let me know


          • #20
            Originally posted by LVFD301 View Post
            Get in touch with your state regional interoperability czar. They can tell you exactly what complies with their requirements, and every radio grant goes to them for review.

            If you need contact information let me know
            I would really appreciate that contact info, having a difficult time finding the right person.


            • #21
              Illinois does not require Starcom21 use, thankfully. It looks pretty basic, but give them a call.


              • #22
                Portables are like SCBA, 1 per seat on pumpers, aerials, and rescues (any type) with a minimum of 4 per apparatus

                All other vehicles get 1 portable.

                It's also a minimum of 12 portables per department, same as SCBA since that's the only way you can comply with 2in/2out and proper NIMS/ICS. So even if you have 1 2-seat pumper and a brush truck, you still get 12 portables do put wherever you can fit them.

                Also for those that don't have a command vehicle assigned to the Chief you can request 1 mobile and 1 portable for the Chief's POV, but just the Chief, not Assistants, Deputies, or Battalions.
                Brian P. Vickers
                CEO - Vickers Consulting Services, Inc
       Mag Contributor


                • #23
                  I have finally made contact with the right person at IEMA. They have given me a bit of information to make sure I am compliant by Illinois Standards in addition to AFG Standards. Not much more to do but some. The hardest part was finding the right person. Thanks for all the help.


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