BY CURT VARONEA very subtle change has occurred in the fire service over the past 30 or so years. I say subtle, because it has occurred without a lot of fanfare and without most of us realizing how it has revolutionized how we do our job in the street. It is a change that has occurred in stages amidst a variety of advances in technology and operational procedures that have helped to obscure just how significant a change it has been. That change is the use of the portable radio.One recent story demonstrated for me just how important the portable radio has become. (The names and companies are changed to protect the innocent.) I was at work awhile back when a union rep stopped by my office t...

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