Monday, December 31, 2018

New Chicago Fire Department Radio Site Appears on OpenMHz

Chicago Fire Department's radio system appeared on OpenMHz.com, possibly during the last week of 2018. The Chicago Fire Department P25 system includes filters for Group Names ...

Fire (Main and North)
EMS (Main and North)
CFD North
CFD South

Talkgroup filters provide about the same functionality compared to Group Names, except allow the separation of EMS Main (North) and EMS Englewood (South).

The source and location of the radio monitoring facility was initially anonymous.

The url for the Chicago Fire Department radio site is ...

openmhz.com/system/chi_cfd

OpenMHz utilizes a Software Defined Radio (SDR) that is combined with a computer, and allows the recording of multiple talkgroups simultaneously, and then archives each radio message -- logging the date, times and duration of the messages. OpenMHz audio can be monitored live or can be monitored historically by listening to a specific message or playback a historical period. OpenMHz initially provides a 5-day archive of talkgroup messages.

Public safety communications is among the most valuable information that a municipality acquires. Real time and playback access is vital for safety of citizens' protection from danger, such as shootings, hazardous materials, property damage, and other life or death situations.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Cincinnati Police Experiencing Radio Problems with Motorola APX6000 Radios

Cincinnati police have found that their radios aren't reliable during sudden activity or bursts of loud voices, which occur routinely in stressful situations after officers respond to scenes, according to Sgt. Dan Hils, president of Cincinnati Fraternal Order of Police Queen City Lodge No. 69. The FOP organization is considering suing Motorola to force compliance to fix the audio problems associated with the police radio system, which has also experienced dead zones where radios can't transmit or communicate even under normal voice conditions.

The problems surfaced when Cincinnati Police Department upgraded their radio system and purchased hundreds of Motorola APX 6000 radios.

All police departments in Northwest Central Dispatch System (NWCDS) in the northwest suburbs of Chicago use APX 6000 radios.

See more ...

Fox19.com FOP looks into lawsuit against Motorola over radios, safety concerns

WCPO Cincinnati police union to explore possibility of suing Motorola over radios

Friday, April 15, 2016

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 10-April 17

April 10-April 17 is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. The second week of April in the United States is National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.  The week is celebrated annually and it honors the thousands of "9-1-1 Dispatchers" who answer emergency calls, dispatch first responders, and relay life-saving instructions to those in need of help.

www.npstw.org

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Boynton Beach Florida Getting New P25 Radio System for Police and Firefighters

Boynton Beach, Florida is progressing by a main radio system for 2.3 million. The new equipment is necessary for Boynton to be able to continue to communicate with the county. The 9-1-1 radio system will cost about $416,000 and the radios are about $1.9 million. Radios for police will cost about $1.35 million. Fire radios will cost about $422,000. Non-public safety employees radio will cost about $49,249, according to city documents.

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Florida City to Spend $2.3M on Dispatch, Radio Upgrades

Oakland Police Radio System Goes Down; Control Channel Failure

KTVU has obtained an internal memo from Chief Sean Whent telling his officers that the system failed because of a "malfunction of the control channel." When that happens, the whole network goes down. No channels work. The most recent failure occurred Friday, March 4, 2016.

See also ...
More problems with Oakland police radios

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Two Arrests -- One for Domestic Battery -- Could Mean Dismissal for Chicago OEMC Fire Dispatcher

Charles Reed, 35, is a fire dispatcher who has worked for the Office of Emergency Management and Communication since August 2011, is accused of pistol-whipping his girlfriend. His job includes dispatching ambulances.

Charles Reed's older brother — a deputy director — who covered for his brother's absence after a drunken-driving arrest in September.

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Chicago Tribune City moves to fire 911 dispatcher after domestic abuse arrest