I am interested in getting a new scanner and have had my eye on the Homepatrol. I have two questions, first I work in the Marin County area which is covered by the MERA system. I want to primarily scan Fire/EMS and police. A co-worker says the Homepatrol will not cover these frequencies. Is this true? Also, I have read and read about the frustrations others have had with the Homepatrol not living up to its ease of use claims. Is this really true?