Communications and Interoperability
FULL LIST OF Communications and Interoperability Tips
Using the radio strap–
The radio strap is a very good aid because it moves the radio from the chest area and relocates the radio to the hip area.
Protecting the radio–
The portable radio is our lifeline. Using bunker gear is one way to protect it.
On the fireground, being able to communicate is critical. When wearing a SCBA, it can be very difficult to communicate through the face piece and through the radio.
Think before you talk–
Do you just pick up the microphone and just start talking? Oh come on … you know you do! Well next time you pick up the mic, stop for a second and then talk.
Use your microphone properly–
Proper microphone use is to hold the microphone two to four inches away from your mouth and speak in a normal voice.
Don't run out of juice–
After 35 years doing everything from two-way radio to broadcast and microwave I have seen a lot of good and bad things happen.
How to plan for social networking–
With funding and staffing on the line during a downturn in the economy, connecting with the public is as crucial as ever.
Best practices for safe and effective communications–
All personnel must be trained to use their radios in conjunction with other protective equipment. Comprehensive and continuing training is critical as communications is a key component of the firefighter’s overall safety ensemble...
Selecting features for firefighter radios–
Today's radios are extremely flexible in programming features and the functions of buttons on the radio. Cooperation between the radio vendor and technical provider for your radio system will be instrumental in filtering through all of the programming parameters...
Building new communications systems–
The more you learn about your department's needs the more effectively you can represent the perspective of the fire service in your community...
Portable Radio User Guide–
Users and their behaviors have an impact on the effectiveness of fireground communications. Human factors, such as the way we speak and organization of reports, affect communications...
Make channels readily available–
If you have a repeater on your system or a Channel 2 that is utilized for interior or emergency ops, you need to place it where it can be readily available...
How to always have cell phone power available–
I sent this to a lot of people deploying to Hurricane Rita, but thought it would be good...
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