In this digital age, Fire Rescue Services face challenges to their operations; stretches to their budgets and the need to do more with less – sound familiar? This perceived cost-cutting and subsequent decisions made may end up with solutions that, on paper provide a “cost effective” solution, but may turn out to be a false economy, ultimately resulting in poor performance and lead to unforeseen risks and dangers.
To alleviate risk, proper communication is critical. However, you would be forgiven if you were to say it’s not as simple as that. Fire Fighters have unique communication requirements. Not only are they are both vital to their safety and the successful outcome of their mission, but to their colleagues’ safety and ultimately the public they serve.
Fire Fighters are all but a few of the emergency services workers who face the harshest challenges along with those who work in Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH). These can be the most hostile and punishing environments, coupled with exposure to extreme heat, increasing their core temperature (elevating health risks), combined with low or no visibility, are physically demanding. Moreover, ensuring the PPE kit including fire protection suits, boots, thick gloves, breathing apparatus, helmets and heavy air tanks, makes their task extremely challenging.
Radio communication coverage in tall & complex buildings brings its own set of challenges requiring specialist engineering and is an area of expertise Roadphone NRB has gained spanning 3 decades. We have a variety of repeater solutions which can be rapidly deployed on the scene of a fire, thus providing extended coverage to help manage the incident most effectively.
Basic requirements of Fire Rescue Services mean they need maximum RF performance to penetrate brick, concrete and steel reinforced buildings. Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) manufacturers have developed their latest radio models with performance in mind. This creates maximum Transmit power while increasing Receiver sensitivity, to extend the range of the radio by 10 to 15% - great for Fire Ground use – significant improvements over analogue radio.
Two-way radios can be broken down into two main areas - Licensed Radio & Unlicensed PMR446 Radio. Both of these types of radio operate in essentially the same way, but the output power of the radios, coverage area and number of other users on the channel varies.
So, what’s the difference between Licensed and Unlicensed? Unlicensed radios operate on PMR446 frequencies, and are limited by law to 0.5W of output power, that’s only 1/10th of the output of a licenced handheld radio. This limits the range of the radios, which, like any other radio, can vary greatly depending on the terrain and number of buildings in the area. License-free frequencies are common across most of Europe, which makes them ideal for use in both the UK and when oversees.
Licensed radios have a maximum output power of 5W for handportables, and 25W for vehicle mobile units. The increased power helps with increasing coverage, and as licensed spectrum is controlled by the local licensing authority (OFCOM in the UK), the chances of encountering other users or interference on your frequency are reduced. You need to pay for licensed frequencies, and the cost varies depending on what your requirements are, how congested the spectrum is, and where you are located. Contact us, and we’ll advise you on the best approach to take.
UHF (ultra-high frequency) and VHF (very high frequency) are both bands of frequency spectrum which can be used to make two-way radios communicate. Your decision will depend on a variety of factors; what frequency spectrum is available, have you got existing radios you’d like to integrate with, and which option will provide the best coverage and performance for your needs.
Most of the leading radios from Motorola Solutions and Hytera are available in both UHF and VHF, and your trusted advisor at Roadphone NRB will advise you on what’s best for you.
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