The Toledo Blade reported that the move comes in the wake of an incident earlier this month in which firefighters lost radio contact with dispatchers while fighting a fire.
Under this new evacuation policy, the fire apparatus closest to the building will alert them by sounding its air horn three times, pausing, then sounding it another three times.
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The firefighters will then gather outside, and will fight the fire from around the exterior of the building unless command staff deems it safe to use the devices as two-way radios even if they can no longer reach dispatchers.
In the incident in question, communications from radio to radio worked, but firefighters were without a connection to dispatch.
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