Thursday, May 29, 2014

Buy One Hytera Digital Radio - Get One FREE!

Yep!  You read it right!  Purchase the executive model PD702 (that's the radio on the right) at the regular selling price and get the workhorse model PD502 (on the left) FREE!  Your choice - VHF or UHF!

Here's a great chance to try digital radios with a 15 day return option if you are not completely delighted and the chance to save $362 or a pair of the best digital radios, with the best features, the best performance, the best warranty and the best prices in the industry!

We'll put these radios up against anything out there - the best of the analog radios and the best of the digital regardless or brand or type of digital system.  We'll beat them all by any standard of comparison, or we'll take them back!

Want to know more?  Visit or give us a call at 800.489.2611. You'll be glad you did!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Message to Fire Department Readers!

Who is there to greet visitors when you are not?

When a visitor appears at the fire station, the chances are very good that the reason for the visit may have something to do with a need for assistance. In many cases, the visitor is greeted by locked doors or sometimes with a wide open station and nobody there - Not a good thing! Things don't have to be this way.  A wireless long range intercom system provides an efficient and affordable solution.

I walked in to a paid fire department the other day.  All the bay doors were up.  The front door was wide open, and there wasn't a fireman in sight.  With a half million dollars of unattended vehicles (maybe more), plus other equipment, and no one watching the store?  Not a good thing!  At another paid fire department, all the doors were locked,  There were cars all over the parking lot, but no call buttons or door bells.  I knocked on the door but nobody answered.  Not a good thing!

And then, there is this really nice volunteer fire department facing a public recreation area. What do think happens if someone needs help?  They go to the fire department.  Who do they find?  Nobody!  Do they see some way to call for assistance?  Afraid not!  So, what's the solution for all this?

A wireless call box is a good solution.  It's easy to install, requires no electrical power connection (runs for up to a year on a half dozen D cell batteries, then tells you when it's time to change batteries. It doesn't cost much - just $895 and it can operate on your choice of an assigned VHF or UHF frequency.  It works very well.  Check out the video at to see how it works. For additional information on our Call Boxes and other great wireless products, check out, here's the good part!  We can program the call box to operate on a special frequency that doesn't interfere with your regular fire channel AND we'll throw in a FREE radio for use at dispatch!  Want to know more?  Want to see it work?  Just give us a call at 800.489.2611.  This could be just the solution that YOU have been looking for!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Firecom Trade-In Program!

Get up to a $150 allowance for your old headset when you trade up to a new Firecom headset system. AND, get the best prices in the USA with our new public safety pricing.  Additional information available at  Better yet, call us at 800.489.2611 for a quote.  You'll be glad you did!

Monday, May 19, 2014

New Talking Display 2-Way Radio - just $199!

We are delighted to announce our new Talking Display Portable (TDP) radio, the radio that tells you the channel selection by name!  Not by announcing the channel number, lots of radios can do that.  This one announces the channel by the name, the name that YOU choose.  If you want Channel 1 to be called Fire One, that is what it will be!  Think about that.  This means you don't have to pay for the added cost of a radio with a display, or the higher maintenance cost of replacing displays.  Operation is easier with fewer buttons to push and you can change channels without removing the radio from your belt!

The TDP costs less to buy, less to maintain (flat rate repair for just $89 including new battery and cosmetic upgrade to make your old radio look new again), and easier to use.  It even tells your battery condition (audibly) at the push of a button!  This is one smart radio and it's as durable as radios costing hundreds of dollars more!  The TDP has 2-tone paging, MDC1200 transmit ID and priority scan. Both VHF (5W) and UHF (4W) models are available with free programming on up to 16 channels.  Battery life is over 14 hours and audio output is one full watt!  Not bad for a radio that weighs less than 10 ounces and costs only $199! Want more information?  Just give us a call at 800.489.2611.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Disaster Mitigation Grant Money Could be Available VERY Soon!!

Samaritan Services is now offering guidance and suggestions to assist applicants in preparing grant applications for funding of Disaster Mitigation projects. In a statement released today, Samaritan Services officially announced three model projects to improve public notification and to better coordinate rescue and recovery activities.

Candice Staggs, Samaritan Services Public Relations Director, announced the development of the TownCrier early warning public notification system to quickly announce weather related, natural, and unnatural life threatening events. According to Ms. Staggs, the system is efficient, affordable, easy to use and manage. 

A second system, known as SparkGap, has been developed to provide coordinated disaster response activities involving the combined resources of governmental, business, institutional, civic, support, and transportation services. Unlike public wireless networks, which can be completely overloaded, or conventional 2-way radio system which lack interoperability and extended operating life if electrical power fails; SparkGap is designed specifically for disaster activities.

SparkGap infrastructure is capable of extended operation without AC power and user devices, weighing less than three ounces can operate for three weeks or more from a single battery.  Each device is capable of interacting not with public safety first responders, but with EMA and Red Cross workers as well the Mayor and Council, all Police and Fire personnel, National Guardsmen, Red Cross workers, anyone associated with Healthcare, all Utility workers (electric, gas, water plus Internet, cable TV and telephone system providers), General contractors, Electricians and Plumbers, School administrators, Maintenance and Transportation personnel (including school bus drivers), Business owners and/or managers (in particular those involved with food, fuel and lodging), Towing and Wrecker services, Tree and Landscaping services, Neighborhood Association Presidents, Volunteer groups (Amateur radio operators, Explorer Scouts) and others involved in disaster response and recovery.

A third alternative project, known as HelpAlert, involves the use of 2-way radios that have the capability of being connected to the Internet to allow remote incident command support.  A system package is available consisting of a local area internet connected repeater and a cache of emergency personal 2-way radios.  A portion of these radios is normally assigned for daily use by for the purpose of emergency calling in schools, churches, and other facilities serving large numbers of people. Additional radios are retained in local government facilities for distribution to support personnel in times of emergency.

Municipalities in areas of high risk for earthquakes, hurricanes and tornadoes, or in close proximity to chemical manufacturing plants, nuclear facilities, railroads and highways carrying explosive and/or toxic materials, and other high risk areas should immediately look into the possibility of adding TownCrier and SparkGap systems using possible funding available from the 2014 Disaster Mitigation program administered by your county EMA.  New programs or additions to existing Mitigation plans are typically 75% federally funded.  Grant requests should be prepared and submitted to your county EMA office immediately. For additional information, contact Samaritan Services by email at or call 205.440.2639. You can also text

Monday, May 12, 2014

Things getting a little crowded in your patrol vehicle? Maybe you need to know more about the new Hytera MD652!

Where are you going to put that new mobile radio that you need to recover the range your lost when you narrow banded?  It seems to us that a new kind of mobile radio is needed; like one that doesn't require under dash or console mounting along with a separate speaker.  We think it's time to stick the mobile radio out of the way and put all of the functions of the radio in the microphone!

That is exactly what we are offering with the new MD652 with our exclusive BB option.  The MD652 has both analog and DMR digital capability. The BB option provides a true vehicular repeater for use with any VHF or UHF analog portable radio, and the whole thing costs just $995!

Were you paying attention? We said you get an analog/digital mobile radio WITH a vehicular repeater for less than a thousand dollars! We are making this special offer because we know going digital with mobiles doesn't really solve the problem.  You need PORTABLES with the operating range of a mobile. To do that, you need a vehicular repeater, and it's INCLUDED! You'll also need a new repeater to go with your new vehicle radio system.  Here's some more good news!  You can get a brand new analog/digital repeater for just $100 per month INCLUDING maintenance!

You can use your existing analog handheld radio or get the worlds roughest, toughest, loudest, full featured portable radio for just $258.  We'll take your old radio in trade, regardless of condition.  We can talk about details later, but for now, let's just say that we'll give a $45 allowance for just about anything, even if it won't narrow band.  If you act quickly, we may even throw in a FREE Bluetooth wireless speaker-microphone.

We'll throw in a three year warranty for no additional charge and even finance 10 or more radios over a five year period for less than you are probably paying to maintain your old analog radios that don't work since narrow banding.  And that's not all!  We can show you how to get the money to pay for your new radio system!

Want to know more? You can download a brochure on the new mobile by clicking here.  If you want to know about the vehicular repeater option and/or the worlds toughest portable, give us a call at 800.489.2611. We'll be here waiting for your call!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

A Special Message to FEMA Communications Grant Recipients!

Managing an Assistance to Firefighters grant can be a quite a task. There is a lot of work to be done in areas of regulatory compliance, FCC licensing issues, bid specification development, review and awarding. Then the REAL fun starts with management, oversight, and reporting through the various levels of progress. Project management is a skill within itself, a skill that very few fire chiefs are trained to perform. So the question is, if FEMA will pay for the cost of grant administration, then why would you not consider the services of an individual or organization capable of providing professional assistance. Samaritan Services was formed with the specific goal of providing grant program management, in particular, as it relates to public safety communications.

If you have received a FEMA grant for communications, we invite you to consider our services. The price for getting the facts starts with just a phone call, and we will pay for the phone call! If you would like to check us out before calling, please visit our web site at  If you like what you see, give us a call at 205.440.2639. 
        Phil Rich. E.E.
   Managing Director
  Samaritan Services

Is Your Church The Community Lightning Rod?

Lightning, electrical wiring, and arson are among the three top causes of church fires and are also the most destructive.  See for an interesting article on this subject.  

According to US Fire Administration data, 65% of churches that reported fires had no smoke alarms.  The fact is that smoke alarms are virtually useless in dealing with lightning and electrical fires and not very effective for arson reporting.  So, what should you do to protect your church?

First you need to DETECT AND REPORT electrical failure, then to detect and report unauthorized entry, and finally detect and report smoke in attics and the upper levels of steeples.

So what do you do to protect your church?  Get a security system?  Not necessarily! We've got a solution that can notify first responders 40 times faster than a security system, with no monthly charges, and can instantly tell you when there is a problem at the church.  Want to know more? Give us a call at 800.489.2611.  BTW, works great for business users as well!

AFG Awards Now Being Made

Lot's of happy people are receiving FEMA Assistance To Firefighters grant awards!  New listings are posted every Friday.  We hope that YOU are one of those to get good news, in particular if you made an application for new communications equipment, pagers, or vehicle intercom headset systems.

We've got some very special products at unbelievably low prices that we think will be of interest.  It's easy to check them out.  Just click here!  Better yet, give me a call at 800.489.2611.  I'll be looking forward to hearing from you soon!