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Volfirefighter

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Canton Township FD (Stark County)

Per a letter sent from Chief Smith to neighboring departments, Canton Township FD will switch back to the 453.5250 repeater for all operations beginning 9/12/2014. While the letter does not give a reason, I am told they are unhappy with the fact that they cannot communicate with any neighboring departments on MARCS-IP. While I do not like seeing any department regress in technology, I can see their piont. The only other Stark County FD on MARCS-IP is North Canton and they share no borders with Canton Township. Canton Township FD is the seccond Stark County FD to abandon 800 Mhz after switching; Louisville FD left the Canton/Stark TRS last year.
 

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Never understood why these departments chose MARCS over their own county system. County-wide interoperability is improved when every department operates on the same system.
 

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Kudos to Chief Smith and Canton Twp FD for seeing the light.

Just cuz its newer, doesn't mean its better. In this case, MARCS was clearly not the better choice.
 

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mszabo2000,

I thought I recall something that the Stark SO was only allowing agencies on the Canton/Stark system that were dispatched by the SO. That may have been years ago. It could have changed.
 

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That notion was tossed around when Louisville dropped Cancom and went to Cencom at the same time they went back to a conventional radio system. The rumor was that only agencies dispatched by Cancom (Canton City) or Starcom (Stark SO) could use the Canton/Stark TRS. However since then, Alliance FD & PD went to the Canton/Stark TRS and they are self-dispatched.
 

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I am glad to hear also. I also didn't understand going with MARCS over Stark County system. I wondered why during the structure fire Saturday morning they were back on their old frequency.

Also, currently as 1:30 PM Perry Township Fire is dispatching and operating on FD Central. Is this testing or a problem with their repeater frequency?
 
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