This happened about 10 years ago as there was too much radio traffic to begin with. Every VAS has been on MARS for about the last 8 years.I remember hearing them on FDNY EMS a while back but now it's seems that every VAC is given a MARS radio instead and are NOT allowed on FDNY EMS. When did this happen?
I was advised verbally several months ago that NYS DOH BEMS has quietly dropped .715 as an inter-agency or MCI channel. I received the information from someone who sits on the Adirondack-Appalachian Regional EMS Council so I have no reason to doubt the veracity of it. It's my understanding that the proliferation of the DHS interoperability and mutual aid frequencies outlined in the NIFOG document has basically replaced any previous statewide designated or envisioned frequencies, at least on the EMS front.155.715 is still used in some areas for LZ operations, but the frequency agile radios in the LifeNet birds allow them to transmit almost anywhere, so .715 use is becoming rare (at least here in ENY).
There are a number of EMS tac channels plus general tac channels in the NIFOG. 155.715 becomes unnecessary with that plan.Why would they drop 715 for interagency tac? The state police have their side and fire has their side so EMS should have their own as well. If an MCI that involved several counties was transmitted how would the surrounding counties be able to communicate among each?
Google NIFOG and many of the links will point right at the PDF manual. Be sure to get version 1.4. There are VHF, UHF, 800 Mhz and more all listed there with PL codes and standard naming.Anybody have a list of statewide and nationwide wide tac frequencies used by pd, fd and EMS?