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Old 04-19-2009, 6:08 PM
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Default new NIFC COMMAND channels

hi to all with fire season comeing fast this year. it is been very hot here ca.
i have been told bye a USFS chief that NIFC will be Adding some new
Command Channels this year anybody know of this and what they might be.

hank you for any help.

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Old 04-26-2009, 10:50 PM
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The standard set of NIRSC command channels aren't going to change. Command 1-7 will stay the same.

The Command 8 and up channels may be the same, but can be changed, depending on adjacent channel issues. If you take a look at NIFC Fire Cache (scroll to the bottom) you'll see some of the TX and RX pools that have been used over the last couple of years. Those freqs are confirmed from incident 205s.
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Old 04-27-2009, 10:34 AM
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I just discovered that NIFC is adding Commands 8-12. This is from a thread I started on the California forum. Although this is showing up in a California document, I believe this is a nationwide change.

The 2009 FIRESCOPE Radio Communications Guidelines (MACS 441-1) is now available on the Internet at:

The most interesting change for this year is the designation of National Interagency Fire Center Commands 8 - 12. The frequencies are already known, if you have been following the development of the Department of Homeland Security "National Interoperability Field Operations Guide." Commands 8 -12 are the same as the VHF Incident Response NC 1 and IR 2-4 channels.

I have heard that NIFC Commands 13 - 18 are assigned by incident using "excess" or unused federal frequencies in a relatively small area of the nation. California has 4 of these areas. So as the fire season begins to wind up we all need to listen to those large incidents and report the frequencies in use.

I'm thankful that I now have a couple of PSR-600's and their large memory capacity to easily add these new frequencies to all my files.
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