NYC Fire Officials to Reprogram Radios Pulled From Service in March
The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) is reprogramming from digital to analog technology the new radios pulled from service in March, according to a New York Times report.
The radios have been at the center of a controversy between FDNY members and their unions and Fire Department management since they had been placed in service. Firefighter and officer unions had charged that the radios did not have adequate testing. Management said that the radios had been tested in training scenarios and that only a few complaints of echoes or a half-second delay in transmission were reported.
The radios were pulled from service by Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen in March, however, amid reports that a firefighter’s distress transmission from a burning house was not heard by fellow firefighters at the scene.
It is anticipated that the reprogrammed radios will be distributed to fire companies in a few months-after they have been tested at the Fire Academy, and assuming that the testing proves satisfactory.
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