2017 is almost over and we're already working on new blog posts for 2018. In the meantime, here are the most-read stories about emergency management this year!
Over the past few months, we have seen a number of disasters that have happened all over this country. As I have read the reports and the articles about these events, I keep seeing a common thread that has been a serious issue in all of them, communications.
Topics: radio interoperability, radio gateway, Radio interoperability gateway, Hurricane Irma communications, Hurricane Harvey Communications, Command and Control, Rapidly deployable communications, USAR, Communications backup system
As you know, radio communications are essential to emergency response operations. This is why we have chosen 6 articles that every emergency responder should read. Good reading!
The intent of this two-part article is to get you to take a look around your response area and to see if you have any special places where your present radio system may have issues. You also have to look toward the future when you are doing plan review of new buildings to see if there are any communication challenges that would result from the construction of the structure. Locations like hospitals and high-rise buildings with their steel skeletons can cause radio operators headaches by not being able to make the simplest radio transmissions. In one of my previous articles, I wrote about the need to have builder install a DAS or auxiliary radio system in the building to improve the radio signal within the building.
Interoperability is a key aim of emergency services around the world but one of the main challenges is the use of different communications systems. Canadian mobile communications provider Base Camp Connect believes it has a solution that could make interoperability easier. Lotte Debell reports from Fire&Rescue Magazine (p.26).