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Communicating Without Communications

Posted by Dakota Duncan on October 3, 2017

A tricky predicament isn’t? Communicating without any communications is similar to the current situation in Puerto Rico right now, an area completely devastated and with little to no electricity or means of communicating to the United States mainland.

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Topics: Radio Communications, Mutual aid operations, Ham radios, Satellite communications, Emergency plans

Firefighter LODD and the Communications Issues Involved

Posted by Paul Calderwood on June 13, 2017

This article is a real life and death story about radio communications at a house fire in Connecticut in 2014 that resulted in death of a career firefighter from running out of breathing air. Attached to this article are 2 links that you should look at. One is the NIOSH Report that details the events of this tragic day and the other is news station coverage of the event and the radio traffic involved. The NIOSH reports are written on all firefighter fatal incident and I have had my officers use them as a part of their daily drills to read and discuss the events, issues, equipment failures and recommendations to prevent a similar event from happening again. NEWS FLASH: history does repeat itself. When you read these reports and you see the same reasons over and over again it makes you wonder WHY?

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Topics: mayday, Radio Communications, NIOSH Report, RIT team, Incident Commander, Fire conditions, Communication problems in crisis situations, emergency Communication system, Communication Failures, critical voice

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

5 Things that Fustrate an Emergency Manager

Posted by Paul Calderwood on November 21, 2016

The job of an emergency manager is twofold; the majority of their time is spent planning for things that may or may not happen and other small percent of the time is spent actually responding to other events. During the course of both of these timeframes, there will be a number of things that will test their will and fortitude to do the job and may even question why I even try to do this. Here is my hit list of things that have totally frustrated me during my attempts to develop these emergency response plans and the response to actual events. 

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Topics: Radio Communications, emergency manager

How to ensure Radio Communications within large Buildings ?

Posted by Paul Calderwood on November 4, 2016

The previous articles I have written have talked about how our radio equipment should work in the field. In this article, I wanted to talk about an important change in how we can ensure that our equipment works when we are dealing with large buildings such as high-rise buildings or malls.

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Topics: In-Building Radio Enhancement, Radio Enhancement System, Radio Communications, Bi-Directional Amplifiers, Distributed Antenna System

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