Apparatus & Equipment, Tech Zone

High-Rise Radio Coverage Improved Through Mandated Technology

Issue 10 and Volume 172.

By Brian Crimmins Companies respond to a report of black smoke on the upper floors of a newly constructed high-rise. As Ladder 1 arrives on scene, the officer sizes up the incident, establishes command, and gives a radio report to dispatch. Building security guards confirm the presence of smoke on the upper floors. Ladder 1 enters the building and does not transmit another message. The second-arriving officer announces that Engine 1 has established a water supply and personnel are carrying high-rise hose and equipment to the upper floors for a coordinated attack. Engine 1 does not transmit another message. The battalion chief arrives on scene and requests progress reports. There is no response, only intermittent static on the radio. As additional companies arrive on scene, the battalion chief begins to fear that he will be unable to command the incident. At the same moment, another building security guard arrives in…

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