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Fire Radio Question

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Hello, I used to work for an ambulance company. In the ambulance, we had several radios. We had a MERS radio (for notifying hospital), Our ambulance radio for contacting dispatch, a police radio, and a fire radio. All radios, had the ability of 2 way communication.

I am in the process of joining a volunteer fire company thats uses frequency 154.13000000. Before the end of the year we will be switching to a frequency somewhere in the 400's.

I live near Buffalo, NY.

That said, there are 2 things I am sure of.

1. I am not very radio savy, but I have a good handle on the basics.
2. I am willing to learn.

Now my questions are this.

1. The Ambulance, police, and fire radios listed above (that have 2 way comm.) what kind of radio are they, and please dont tell me a scanner.
2. What do I need to buy that will allow me to talk on either one of the frequencies above?
3. Is there any licensing involved, or would be an official member of a volunteer fire company be enough?




Any help would be appreciated.

Thank You.
 
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1. The Ambulance, police, and fire radios listed above (that have 2 way comm.) what kind of radio are they, and please dont tell me a scanner.
We have no way of knowing what kind of radios they are.

2. What do I need to buy that will allow me to talk on either one of the frequencies above?
You need VHF AND UHF? You'll need two radios, one for each. And we have no way of knowing anything more specific than that.

3. Is there any licensing involved, or would be an official member of a volunteer fire company be enough?
Yes, licensing is involved. There's likely to be some sort of mechanism for volunteers to get access to radios. If you have to buy your own, then you might get a letter from the Chief granting authorization. Or maybe they provide radios. Ask. Every department is different. It's highly unlikely that you'd have to get your own license. A department's license will have a total number of mobile units authorized to operate on that system.
 
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