Originally Posted by phillydjdan
They are referring to the agencies being on different bands. Fire and EMS were on VHF and police were on UHF. Why they need interop is beyond me. Any time Ive heard large scale operations or drills anywhere in the Philly region theyve always given each agency their own operating channel. Ive yet to hear cops and medics on the same channel...
This means that now fire and ems are operating on the same channel. This is good for communications when both an ems unit and an ems engine are going to the same call....The best thing about moving up to UHF for fire and ems services is we as law enforcement can now interact with those in emergency services using one radio, just by switching talkgroups.
For the communication center who just took over ems dispatching, this is a plus as well as everyone is geographically placed on one channel and it streamlines the span of control for the dispatcher.
NYC, LA, Chicago, Boston... all on the T-Band...I highly doubt its going anywhere and that was one of the reasons they moved forward on the 500 band.