It is not just for Medevac.Generally, no. The only time they would use SPEN 4 is for landing MedEvacs; they have a talkgroup which can be patched into SPEN 4 by the dispatcher.
Idk about Fire. But in EMS in New Jersey, it's part of the equipment requirements from the DOH and NJSFAC that in addition to JEMS, your radios be programmed with at least UASI UCALL and UTAC1 thru 3, both simplex and repeat.Same in Wanaque. We just reprogrammed the FD fleet and have SPEn in them. My understanding is SPEN-4 is the I/O channel. Which is great, but if you roll on UHF I dont know many who have the UHF National channels in them.
As a South Brunswick firefighter, I think I am qualified to answer the original poster's question the way I did. Can you cite any different SPEN-4 use by SBFD since the final switch to the EDACS?It is not just for Medevac ... So it is feasable that SPEN-4 could be used at a fire scene in South Brunswick under the right (or wrong depending how you look at it) circumstances
Generally, no. The only time they would use SPEN 4 is for landing MedEvacs; they have a talkgroup which can be patched into SPEN 4 by the dispatcher.
My reply was general to SPEN-4, not specific to South Brunswick. That's why I said it was feasable, as in somehow possible. In normal operation, I doubt you guys have use for it as much else than Medevac. But SPEN-4's primary intention is for non-normal operation such as MCI's, mass responses, and distant mutual-aid out of area/county. I'm pretty sure if you guys had a major level incident with lots of out of area companies, it would likely be a possible channel for use.As a South Brunswick firefighter, I think I am qualified to answer the original poster's question the way I did. Can you cite any different SPEN-4 use by SBFD since the final switch to the EDACS?
Northstar being a NJSP unit uses it more often than people notice. I laugh though...SPEN-1...also sometimes known here in North Jersey as the "Sleepy Police Entertainment Network". Never know what might be broadcast on it at 2am.jaymatt1978 said:SPEN4 is supposed to be used as a catch-all for all the departments, but I've heard fire departments call Northstar on SPEN1.. This was only a couple of times and nobody said anything, at leat over the air. Also when medic units don't have the police department's frequency in their radi-os, I have heard them call the department on SPEN1. I'm not saying whether this is the right or wrong procedure, I'm saying this is what they do.