D.C. Fire Department Considers Encrypting Radio Communications

The D.C. fire department is considering using encryption for its scanner communications to prevent the public from listening in on emergency calls.

The move comes in the wake of the mass-shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, according to a report from The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1i00MZb). A final decision on implementation has not been made.

During the Navy Yard shootings incident, the fire department scanner–widely available over the Internet–provided a running account of some of the behind-the-scenes activities. Firefighters were not in the building when the manhunt was underway. Police agency communications could not be heard by outsiders.

Read more at http://wapo.st/1i00MZb.

For more on active shooter situations, consider Firefighter Training and EMS: Active Shooter Response: The Rapid Treatment Model,, Responding to Active Shooter Incidents, Lone Wolf/Active Shooter : Attack on Texas Public Safety Building, and FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONSE TO “ACTIVE SHOOTER” INCIDENTS.

For more on radio communications for the fire service, consider Fireground Radio Channel: To Switch or Not to Switch?, Preventing RIC Radio Chaos: The 3/3 Option and Handling the Mayday: The Fire Dispatcher’s Crucial Role.

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