Jersey City Fire Department is in the process of training all fire personnel on the P-25 trunk system. New portable radios are being distributed and reprogramming of existing radios are under way. There will be 2 analog fire ground repeated channels, I don’t know if they will be the same channels they are using now. No word on the exact date of the switchover.
You might have the NFPA advisory confused with analog vs. P25. I believe that NFPA has stated that fireground comms should be analog, not digital. And I know of several departments who, right or wrong, use repeaters for fireground comms.
My understanding in the original JC plan was they were going to do the following:
1) Operate dispatch in P25.
2) Create two new fireground channels which would be repeater channels in analog for fireground ops.
3) Old FD1/FD2 would be added (and infrastructure should be in place, just requiring optimization for simulcast) on these channels as additional capacity to the trunk system.
Friday, June 1, 2012 hearing FDJC dispatcher on the JC UHF digital trunk system on talk group #2000 which is the FIRE Dispatch talk group. Only hearing the dispatcher not hearing the companies or chiefs.