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Police, Fire, and EMS Must Stop Fighting!

Posted by Paul Calderwood on March 15, 2017

In the past few months, there has been a lot of bad press for the fire and police services across the country. I have watched the videos where police officers and firefighters get into arguments over who is in charge, who is right, who can break windows at a fire and who can block a road at an accident to name just a few.

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Topics: EOC, ECC, 911, Dispatcher, Training

The Three Stages of a Radio's Life

Posted by Paul Calderwood on February 27, 2017

Like with all things in life, there is a beginning and an end; this is as much true for the life of a radio. It does not matter the size or the cost, all radios are individuals and must be treated as such. I know this sounds strange, but if you don’t think of them like this, then you will find yourself getting in trouble for having missing or unaccounted items. I am not going to sit here and tell you what methods you will need to achieve this goal but you can use a simple Excel spreadsheet or a fancy bar coding system, the important is to use something.

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Topics: EOC, ECC, Specifications, Bids, Inventory

Top 5 Most Popular Articles of 2016

Posted by Base Camp Connect on December 16, 2016

2016 is almost over and we're already working on new blog posts for 2017. In the meantime, here are the most-read stories on emergency management this year.

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Topics: mayday, firefighter, EOC, Radio Communications, emergency manager

What happens when the emergency takes out your ECC/EOC ?

Posted by Paul Calderwood on October 7, 2016

The Emergency Communications Center and Emergency Operations Center for many cities are vital pieces to the day to day operations and to support the first responders out on the streets. A great deal of planning and money has been invested in these locations to be able to handle the emergency telephone calls and radio dispatching capabilities. But what happens when the “emergency” involves one of these centers?  A tornado rips through town and the building is destroyed, a flood makes the building inaccessible or the telephone lines to the building have been damaged by a water line contractor and it will take days to repair; what are you going to do now?

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Topics: Emergency Operations Center, Emergency Communications Center, EOC, ECC

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