Issue 3 and Volume 136.

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS IMPROVED RETWEEN PARAMEDICS AND HOSPITALS RESCUE/EMS A new radio network to greatly improve communications between paramedic mobile units and base hospitals in Los Angeles County went into operation Jan. 1. The countywide system covering 37 base hospitals and approximately 150 paramedic units from various jurisdictions is operated for the department of health services by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, according to Lloyd Helm, county fire coordinator for the system. Los Angeles County covers more than 4000 square miles and is divided in areas by mountain ranges which make radio communications difficult The county also takes in Catalina Island. —L. A. County F. D. photo. The system, funded by federal and county funds, cost an estimated $6 million. It consists of 14 transmitter/receiver sites and a computer system in the county’s East Los Angeles main dispatch center to allow dispatchers to determine the best frequency for paramedic-hospital communications.…

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