There is no way in h&!! they will use LA RICS full time. I would be surprised if they use it at all really, with their Law folks being about the only exception. The forest sites are likely more for LASD and LACoFD when they run into the forest areas.Looks like ANF will make money on this deal leasing out land as well as ANF and the forest will jump on LA-RICS with some talkgroups. Interesting how this will play out. Most likely forest service will get quad band radios that will have LA-RICS and VHF for interops.
Question will the forest service jump on LA-RICS fulltime or stay on VHF Analog?
The FS patrol had a back board and stokes litter on it. He was also an EMT and carried a pretty good medical bag, especially after I gave him some ER nurse pointers. He said sometimes the county would get real busy in the flatlands, causing delayed responses so FS engines and patrols would do some work for the county. Up in our neck of the woods there was a county that had no radio coverage in the high country in the eastern part of the county. The county used Forest Service repeaters to do all their work up there and the interagency dispatchers handled their traffic. The eastern portion of the county was 100% federal public land so the population there was pretty small.We visited a couple that had transferred from the Sierra Foothill area where we lived to the Angeles at the residence they were living in located at a fire station on the forest. This couple's neighbor was a fire prevention technician/forest protection officer. He showed us his vehicle and the L.A. County Fire UHF radio he had in his center console. The radio was on the dispatch channel (Blue 8???) and I could not believe how non stop the traffic was. Late hubby spoke to a lot of radio techs when he was assigned to one of our local volunteer department's Type 1 engines and was off shift. Nearly every tech said by design VHF High is going to be the band for wildland fire for a very long time. Maybe someday multiband radios will be much less expensive, but adding trunking into the mix sounds real complicated. Wildland fire already has interoperability by keeping everything on the same band and with the NIFC and Cal Fire systems. We were at a station in the eastern portion of the forest. Not sure if the Forest Service units over near the Tujunga canyons had an 800 mhz radio in their rigs for LAFD comms. Back up to where we lived I remember the Forest Service units using cross scanner ops to talk with CHP. Trouble was the CHP had to talk simplex, while the FS unit was talking on a repeater. Prior to having radios with lots of memory the FS would talk cross scanner with some of the local counties who had VHF-High repeaters as well. Caltrans did not give any of its people scanners in their trucks so cross scanner comms we not possible with them, this in their VHF Low Band days.
I live just outside the ANF, technically City of Los Angeles, but I can monitor ANF, LASD and County FD with ease. Multiple Sheriffs stations cover different parts of the ANF:Can anyone comment on the existing LA County Sheriff or FD radio coverage on the ANF?