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Police Department Changes Course, Will Use Both Public and Private Radio Channels

It looks like they are getting encryption right in Nebraska. We hope the So Cal PD’s will follow suit and not lock out scanner listeners from all PUBLIC safety communications. COLUMBUS NE — Columbus Police Chief Chuck Sherer is changing course … Continue reading

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FCC Must Upgrade Wireless Emergency Alert System, Public Safety Organizations Say

The nation’s Wireless Emergency Alert system (WEA) needs improvements that are long overdue, according to a coalition of public safety organizations that are pushing for action by the Federal Communications Commission on the issue. In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and … Continue reading

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California Wildfires Highlighted the Failures of Emergency Notification System

The Sonoma ridgeline was a sunrise of flame as Sgt. Brandon Cutting led deputies up country roads to pound on doors, hollering “Sheriff’s Office!” Thirty minutes later, with Cutting huffing from exertion and choking in thick smoke, the evacuation of … Continue reading

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How to Explore the Hidden World of Radio Waves All Around You

From spy planes to rogue Wi-Fi networks, journalists and artists are using new technology to reveal a hidden world. One day this fall, in an old factory in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood, a row of ’90s-era phone pagers chirped and buzzed. … Continue reading

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Off-Duty LAPD Cop Hurt, Suspect Wounded in North Hills Shooting

An off-duty officer was injured and a suspect was wounded in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning (December 20) in North Hills. A call came in at 1:01 a.m. about an off-duty officer needing help around the same time officers received … Continue reading

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FCC Blue Alert Warns Cell Phone Users of Threats to Law Enforcement

The Federal Communications Commission has expanded the US’s emergency alert systems by adding a new alert option dubbed Blue Alert. With Blue Alert, both local and state-level authorities can push out notifications that warn the public to “threats to law … Continue reading

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AT&T Flying COW Deployed to Puerto Rico

LTE-connected drones hold a lot of potential for FirstNet-subscribers. Exploring the capabilities of this technology in wake of Hurricane Maria’s devastation will help temporarily restore connectivity and assess how first responders can use the drone in the future. AT&T has … Continue reading

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LA-RICS Approves Deal with AT&T on Potential Transfer of Region’s Public-Safety LTE Network

Los Angeles Regional Interoperable Communications System (LA-RICS) board members approved an agreement that would transfer the LA-RICS public-safety LTE assets to AT&T, so they can be integrated into the FirstNet system if California Gov. Jerry Brown makes an “opt-in” decision. LA-RICS Executive Director Scott … Continue reading

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Amateur Radio Volunteers Active in Latest Round of California Wildfires

The massive Thomas Fire in Southern California has consumed more than 230,500 acres, and the emergency has caused residents in fire-threatened areas to evacuate. Amateur Radio volunteers remain active supporting communication for American Red Cross shelters in Ventura County. More … Continue reading

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Sikorsky Delivers Two S-70i™ Black Hawk Helicopters to the Los Angeles County Fire Department

COATESVILLE, Pa., Dec. 13, 2017  — Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin Company, delivered two S-70i™ Black Hawk helicopters to the County of Los Angeles at a ceremony in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. The S-70i Black Hawk helicopters will be customized to a Firehawk™ … Continue reading

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