Sunday, September 8, 2013

New AFG Grant eligible, NFPA approved, pager tells dispatch who got the fire call and who is coming!

I don't know if anybody has noticed, but the majority of America's firefighters are VOLUNTEERS!  With all the high tech digital communications solutions being promoted, the fact that ALERTING first responders is the first priority in firefighting.  That means PAGERS, not $3,000 over sized walkie talkies which are not designed for paging.

If that isn't bad enough, most volunteers won't wear big radios.  They have jobs, and families, and even a social life which doesn't include lugging around a radio designed for use AFTER the fire fighting activities have begun. 

What the firefighters need, and what the NFPA code calls for is personal notification by means of a device that can be worn like an article of clothing.  That, my friends is a pager.  Lots of people think paging is dead.  Not so.  Today, it is possible to get pagers that tell dispatch which people have received a call, and which ones will actually be making the call!  You are looking at one of the new generation of talk back pagers above.

Now, having said all that, we think it is time to establish county wide PAGING systems working in conjunction with 700 MHz P25 Phase 2 radios to develop a truly interoperable communications system capable of networking ALL first responders.  We think such a system has the potential of receiving a favorable review for Assistance to Firefighter grant applicants.

We would welcome the opportunity to assist by providing budgetary information, features, and benefits to help you write a winning grant application.  The AFG grant application period for 2014 will be opening in just a few weeks.  If your county fire association would be interested in more information, just give us a call at 800.489.2611 or drop us an email to  We'll take it from there!