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Old 06-02-2011, 8:13 AM
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If those centers really had smart people they would be combined already
Interesting how you have nothing to say to this guy.

You guys know how to program a scanner. Some of you may have other skill sets but running a regional PSAP is a big deal and unless you know what goes into I would refrain from inferring that we are not smart people. Get your facts straight then comment. Until then keep your fingers off the keyboard.
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Old 06-02-2011, 11:18 AM
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Is there a reason that dispatch duties are moving away from the local police departments to C-MED?
Because of increasing call volume for EMS, the police departments are getting swamped with calls and they are having trouble handling it. Especially in the smaller towns where they only have 1 person dispatching at times. Sometimes that 1 person isn't even a dispatcher, it's an officer thrown in there to fill in. The dispatchers at the regional centers are already certified for EMD and State Telecommunicator, so why not use a resource that's already there?

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Moving to regional dispatch is a good idea,,, Using the C-med centers is a bad idea .
What's so bad about using the CMED centers. Southwest is currently the only center that can be considered a regional asset for Region 1 right now. South Central is the same for a majority of Region 2. One of the challenges for these centers right now is that since they are not Primary PSAPs for the areas they cover, they miss out on some of the funding available that you know the PD's aren't going to give up without a fight.
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Old 06-02-2011, 6:31 PM
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Yes, because its the right thing to do. It saves money and there is no reason for every little town in CT to have its own dispatch center.
I recently read an interview with the new Westport FD Chief and when asked about what new things he had planned for the Department he mentioned combined dispatching. It will be interesting to see how it comes together.
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Old 06-02-2011, 7:23 PM
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Here's something to toss out there. CT sent quite a bit of resources up to MA for the Tornados aftermath, I'm wondering how the current systems we have played with MA's systems. I'm thinking we probably had issues or had to utilize some of their equipment. How much of CT's stuff actually had ITAC in it and was it even used?

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Here's something to toss out there. CT sent quite a bit of resources up to MA for the Tornados aftermath, I'm wondering how the current systems we have played with MA's systems. I'm thinking we probably had issues or had to utilize some of their equipment. How much of CT's stuff actually had ITAC in it and was it even used?

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Joe, ITAC is designed to be used by command level personnel not the "worker bees." Every agency head was issed an HT so hopefully they had them. I put a mobile 800 conventional radio in our command post vehicle in East Hampton because we would never be positive that the chief would be in town when we needed that radio. Plus HT coverage was marginal. STOCS, VTAC, and UTAC are the systems that should be used. Does Massachusetts recognize it or use it? I have no idea. But that's a really good question you brought up.
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Interesting how you have nothing to say to this guy.

You guys know how to program a scanner. Some of you may have other skill sets but running a regional PSAP is a big deal and unless you know what goes into I would refrain from inferring that we are not smart people. Get your facts straight then comment. Until then keep your fingers off the keyboard.
His comments were a little on the abrasive side but I think he is on the right track with some of the issues in regards to people wanting to keep their little kingdom and not let others play in the sand box.
In time Ct will move on but I donít think it will be very soon.
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There is not much, if any utility in having direct capability on the Med channels. Not to mention that the FCC might not allow that mode of operation on the Med channels. I doubt that this came from commercial services since I've never seen one propose something that is going to cost them money, which this will.
I take it you boys have never responded to an area that was heavily hit by a tornado or a hurricane. Most of the radio systems would be down. You have to rely on simplex operation because there is no functional repeaters.

Requiring a direct operation is a wise move. You can have that by a simple button push on most radios today. It just means that the radio has to be set up for direct or simplex operation. Even most radios have the ability to use multiple CTCSS selectable tones except the Motorola XTL mobiles. This model has very poor multi PL abilities. Another bad programming choice by the big M.
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Thanks for the info Spatch, I learned something. I thought ITAC, UTAC and VTAC were all out there for use in the field. As someone else pointed out, radios may have been down also which is why I would think the tac radios would be used. I'm going to put a pet peeve out there and see what I get. Watch for the thread and by all means chime in, I value your opinion.
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The INTEROPS [See the NIFOG] are available, however it's best to find out who is the COML for the Event [Report to a CP] and get a copy of the ICS-205 that should list who/what/where is operating on which channels.

Not all channels will be used for Operations, and as someon said, they might just be Commanders using some of them in RPTR mode vs Simplex.

Also, many agencies use simplex. Boston Fire responded and used Simplex on their normal frequencies. [Hmmm Legally?, lets not go there, it was a Disaster and required Life Safety, - just thinking out of the Box on the use of T-Band in a NON T-Band Market !]

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Thanks for the info Spatch, I learned something. I thought ITAC, UTAC and VTAC were all out there for use in the field. As someone else pointed out, radios may have been down also which is why I would think the tac radios would be used. I'm going to put a pet peeve out there and see what I get. Watch for the thread and by all means chime in, I value your opinion.
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