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Old 06-19-2017, 9:03 AM
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Default Part 90 or 95 for Fire Department/EMS

Recently got into a discussion with someone who is on the local Fire Department about some handheld radios that are being used, It was my understanding radios it be used on these type of frequencies must be Part 90 radios, however he is very adamant that they must be Part 95, which I thought was for GMRS and FRS radios. Am I missing something in my research on the topic or is he?
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You are correct. Whoever told you that is incompetent or stupid.
Part 90 is private land mobile radio services.
Part 95 is personal radio services.
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Thank you, I thought I might be going crazy.
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Old 06-19-2017, 11:16 AM
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As nd5y says, you are indeed correct. Fire stuff certainly shouldn't be on Part 95.

That said, I've gotten the numbers mixed up in conversation before myself (worse, I've said "Part 15" when I meant "Part 90"!), so it's possible the person you were speaking with had the right idea and just had the numbers mixed up.
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It has been my observation that when it comes to all things radio there are a whole lot of very poorly informed people in the Fire, EMS, and LE services. And re-educating them can be very difficult. It seems that most were told that something was a certain way by someone they hold in great respect, or who is in authority over them...and such folk simply "cannot be wrong."

No disrespect intended to those in these and other services who can find their gluteus maximus in regards to radio without the assistance of a spotter, both hands, and a 3-way mirror.
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Maybe the handheld radios in question are GMRS or even FRS. Not uncommon to see off-the-shelf radios being used for low priority work in public safety and even military situations.
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