Fire service voice radio communications

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Firefighters are a unique group of radio users. Your safety and operational effectiveness, as well as the safety of the citizens you protect, depends on understanding how radio communications technology works and how it must be used in the harshest and most hostile of environments.

Our latest voice radio communications project will produce a manual that provides the fire service with a basic understanding of communications technology, including hardware, policies and procedures, and human resource issues. It will address technological advances since our 2008 release of “Voice Radio Communications Guide for the Fire Service” (PDF, 3.9 Mb). Additional topics will include radio spectrum availability, changes to communications operations, and new legislation impacting fire and emergency services communications.

The project is sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration and the International Association of Fire Fighters, and supported by the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology First Responder Group Office for Interoperability and Compatibility.

We expect to publish the manual in December of 2015.