FIRESCOPE Radio Communications Guidelines

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Feb 24, 2001
A new FIRESCOPE Field Operations Guide (FOG) is to be published in hard copy on March 31st and will be available for purchase on the FIRESCOPE website ( . It will include a new, dated 1/08, Radio Communications Guidelines Appendix (Appendix A). This appendix is available on the FIRESCOPE website right now. Here is the link:

Of particular interest is the 800 MHZ, post-rebanding, list of mutual aid frequencies. I've been reading the meeting notes of the FIRESCOPE communications group and their has been a long term dicussion of about nationwide Interoperability channel naming standard, but it is not in place yet.

The new FOG also contains an updated agency designator list in Appendix B. This appendix allows you to decipher those three letter designators shown on the ends of each piece of apparatus you may see driving about.

For those of you who are not familiar with FIRESCOPE, it stands for FIrefighting REScources in California Organized for Potential Emergencies. When this organization first formed it was called FIrefighting REsources in Southern California Organized for Potential Emergencies. This is the group that developed the Incident Command System (ICS) following legislation by the Congress following the very disasterous fire season of 1970. This legislation directed the U.S. Forest Service to coordinate a federal/state/local agency effort to address significant problems in interagency cooperation and operations made painfully clear during that fire season. The FIRESCOPE organization did such a good job that the nationwide adoption of ICS for all risk incidents is now reality. The organization changed it role to a statewide one that continues to facilitate improvements in fire agency mutual aid tasks.
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