Radio Proves an Indispensable Department Asset

Radio Proves an Indispensable Department Asset

WITH this issue, is concluded the symposium on the value of radio in fire department work, which has appeared in several previous isues of FIRE ENGINEERING.

Malden, Mass.

L. A. Keddie, Acting Chief

One engine company and a fire prevention ear are equipped with one-way sets, and two Chiefs’ cars are equipped with the two-way sets. Radios have been beneficial for securing additional help at fires with the least possible delay. They enable us to be in constant touch with headquarters when out of quarters on hire Department business. I believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting. Our radio is operated in connection with police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. A local radio man installs our seis.

St. Petersburg, Fla.

C. W. Nesblf, Chief

The Chief’s car is equipped with a two-way set, and One Assistant Chief’s car is at the present time equipped with a one-way set, hut we arc planning to install a two-way set in this car. We have found the radio beneficial in notifying the Chief or the Assistant Chief of a fire when they are away from the station, and also in being in direct contact with Headquarters via the radio at all times. I believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radios arc operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use R.C.A. equipment.

Superior, Wis.

J. T. Sweeney, Chief

One Assistant Chief’s car is equipped with one-way radio. We have found it very beneficial. When the Assistant Chief is in some outlying district where telephone communication is very poor, or there is none at all. we are able to reach hint by radio. It has proved to he an asset for us so far in the little use we have made of it.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use a Delco receiver.

San Jose, Cal.

Charles Plummer, Chief

There are five cars in the Fire Department that are equipped with twoway sets._ We have found the radio beneficial in that inter-communication is greatly facilitated. I believe it to he an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use radios built by the radio technician of the Police Department.

Duluth, Minn.

John Fisher, Chief

Four cars are equipped with one-wayradios. We have found them beneficial in picking up alarms of other fires while working at one fire, and in picking up alarms of fires in the city or outside the city. I believe that it is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use American-Bosch receiving sets.

Bridgeport, Conn.

T. F. Burns, Chief

The Chiefs’ cars and the fire alarm truck are equipped with one-way radios. We have found them very beneficial because we can receive all alarms, even though we are away from quarters, and when answering an alarm, we can receive word of any other alarms without returning to quarters. I know we certainly would not want to be without the radio.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use Philco receivers.

Trenton, N. J.

T. J. Phelan, Chief

Four Chiefs’ cars are equipped with one-way sets. The chief officers can keep in contact with the department through the radio division. This division is controlled by the Police Department and works cooperatively with our department. While I do not believe that the radio is indispensable, in my opinion it is obviously an asset.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use R.C.A. sets.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Ambrose Sericks, Chief

I he C hief’s car, the Assistant Chief’s car, and the Police and Fire Signal car are all equipped with one-way radios. We have found radio beneficial in our cars because while answering one alarm, should another alarm come in, the Police Sergeant on duty at Police Headquarters broadcasts the location of the second fire or fires, and we are able to respond to the alarm from the present location. I believe that it is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Head-

quarters twenty-four hours a day. American – Bosch sets are used exclusivelyin both Fire and Police Departments.

Watertown, Mass.

John W. O’Hearn, Chief

One car is equipped with a one-way radio. We have found this set beneficial because we remain in touch with headquarters at all times. I believe that it is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use a Philco receiver.

Fitchburg, Mass.

Michael J. Shea, Chief

The Chief’s car is equipped with a one-way radio. I have found the radio beneficial. When 1 am around the cityon department business, 1 can keep in touch with anything that happens through the Police Department broadcasting station. I believe that radio has come to stay and is y-ery important in hire and Police Departments.

Our radio is operated in connection w-ith the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. YVe use an American-Bosch receiver.

Lowell, Mass.

C. F. Stackpole, Chief

YY-e use a two-way system through the police transmitter. The Chief’s car is equipped with a two-way set. We have found the radio beneficial in many ways such as calling for additional help, receiving alarms while absent from headquarters, sending and receiving messages. and many other yvay-s.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio transmitter. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use Greybar equipment.

Shreveport, La.

S. J. Flores, Chief

We have seven cars equipped with one-yvay radio sets and five with twoway sets. Through the radio, contact can be maintained with headquarters at all times. I believe that radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

.Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator at Fire Alarm Headquarters where the radio is operated. Our equipment has been built by the department.

Bloomfield, N. J.

T. F. Cussner, Chief

YVe use one one-way set in the Chief’s car. YVe have found the radio to be very beneficial as it allows the department to communicate with the Chief in case of a tire, an emergency call, or any other important call. I believe that the radio is an asset to all Fire Departments where there is a permanent department.

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Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use an American-Bosch set, and it has proven very satisfactory.

Tulsa, Okia.

C. C. Jennings, Chief

Our department has both one way and two-way sets. We have found the radios beneficial in being able to communicate quickly to all radio equipped cars. We believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use factory built Philco radios.

Radio Proves an Indispensable Department Asset

Radio Proves an Indispensable Department Asset

EVERY year, in increasing numbers, Fire Departments throughout the country are awakening to the advantages that are available in routing and dispatching trucks on various duties, through the use of the radio. As a result, an ever increasing number of the departments are installing either one-way or two-way sets on the apparatus. In order to determine the extent of the installation of radios by the various departments, a survey was made by FIRE ENGINEERING among a representative group of Fire Departments. In the pages following are outlined the various opinions on the use of the radio of those reporting. Therein may be found many useful suggestions for increasing the efficiency of the department.

Schenectady, N. Y.

J. J. Higgins, Chief

We took our problem of providing communication for our three officers’ cars and the rescue squad car to the radio engineers of the General Electric Company. They assisted us in laying out a two-way communication system, whereby we could talk from any of our radio cars to any other car in the fire or police departments. With this system, telephone calls can be made directly to and from the cars through telephones in any of our stations, in fact, through any telephone on the Bell System.

Arrangements were made whereby we could use a portion of the radio transmitter as a public address system to give orders to firemen in action during fire or rescue operations. This same system can also be used to receive orders from headquarters, even though firemen might be several hundred feet away from the car.

The equipment furnished by the General Electric Company consists of fifteen-watt ultra-frequency mobile transmitters and crystal controlled receivers. Weatherproof, marine type loud speakers are used.

Because of the emergency nature of our operations, we wanted to be sure we were getting reliable equipment, built by a reliable manufacturer. We are very well satisfied with our General Electric equipment.

Jacksonville, Fla.

W. Q. Dowling, Chief

We have five cars in our department equipped with two-way radios; two of these cars being connected with the signal bureau. There are two cars equipped with one-way radios. We have one fireboat equipped with a two-way radio. We have found these radios very beneficial in several ways. I am able to talk to the District Chiefs while they are enroute or returning from a fire, or while I am on tours of duty outside of quarters. The Chiefs’ aides do not have to go to the fire alarm box to call for help, but they can talk directly with fire alarm headquarters and tell him exactly what they want. It is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. At the signal bureau, which handles both fire and police calls, there is a qualified operator on duty twenty-four hours a day. We use sets built by the department.

Highland Park, Mich.

C. F. Baker, Chief

We have one-way radios at the present, however, the Chief’s car is to be equipped with a new two-way set. Inasmuch as police cruisers always respond to the scene of the fire, we have found this service very useful in keeping touch with the central office in the event of another fire. Also, it is a fast means of communication in getting the second alarm apparatus to a fire. When the Chief takes his car on inspection duty, he is always in touch with his office. I believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified radio operator on hand at the Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use a Sparton radio.

Newark, N. J.

Peter Kiernan, Chief

We have ten Chiefs’ cars and one fire boat equipped with one-way sets. We have found these sets beneficial for they afford a medium of immediate contact with each other. This eliminates delay in “covering up” and keeps them constantly in touch with conditions in the event of a large fire in any section of the city. I believe that it is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use Western Electric equipment.

Davenport, la.

R. A. Kelley, Chief

In our department, the Chief’s car is equipped with a one-way radio. Police cars are all equipped with two-way radios. One of these cars attends every alarm so that there is a two-way radio available if necessary. We have found the radio beneficial in receiving additional alarms, making corrections, and in transmitting any other information to the Chief when he is away from the fire station. I believe the radio to be indispensable and a very efficient piece of fire fighting equipment.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use a set manufactured by Collins Company.

Jackson, Mich.

E. C. Daunter, Chief

Two cars, the Chief’s car and the Assistant Chief’s car, are equipped with two-way radio sets. I have found the radio beneficial for I am able to keep in touch with Headquarters and the Fire Alarm bureau; it has saved considerable time in turning in second and third alarms; and also, while at one fire, I am able to receive at once any other alarm that might come in. I sincerely believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at headquarters twenty-four hours a day. Our receiving sets are made by the Kar Radio Company and our transmitters are composite sets made by the local Police Department in their radio division.

Utica, N. Y.

J. N. Sullivan, Commissioner of Public Safety

Three cars are equipped with one-way radios. We have found them beneficial in keeping the chief officers in touch with the department activities at all times. I wouldn’t say that the radio was indispensable; however, it is an asset with great possibilities.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We use Philco receivers.

Baton Rouge, La.

R. A. Bogan, Chief

We have two cars equipped with one-way radios. Through the use of these sets the Chief is able to keep in constant touch with the department. I believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting.

Our radio is operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at Police Headquarters twenty-four hours a day. The transmitter is a 250-watt Westinghouse.

Portland, Ore.

C. C. Ralph, Superintendent of Alarm Division

We use both one and two-way sets. These radios keep the apparatus in touch with the operator so that it is in service going and returning. We use the radio in actual fire fighting to give and receive orders. I believe that the radio is an indispensable asset to efficient fire fighting. Our radio is not operated in connection with the police radio. There is a qualified operator on hand at headquarters twenty-four hours a day. We have built all our own equipment except the receivers.

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