Why You Should Not Park Next to a Fire Hydrant

Firefighters were forced to smash the windows of a car illegally parked next to a fire hydrant in Nebraska. Chuck Henry reports for the NBC4 News at 5 on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.

Source: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Firefighters-Smash-Car-Windows-Pull-Hose-Through-Illegally-Parked-Car_Los-Angeles-407537666.html?_osource=SocialFlowTwt_LABrand


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DMR and ProVoice Added to BCD996P2 and BCD325P2 Scanners

bcd996p2-front_2Uniden is pleased to announce the addition of support for Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) and EDACS ProVoice decoding for two additional more models, further cementing Unidens position as the leading scanner manufacturer worldwide.

Digital Mobile Radio is used on thousands of systems worldwide. This $60 paid upgrade allows existing and future owners of the BCD996P2 and BCD325P2 scanners to easily add support for monitoring DMR, MotoTRBO Connect Plus, MotoTRBO Capacity Plus, and DMR Tier 3 systems.

ProVoice systems are used by several major agencies in the United States. This $50 paid upgrade allows people who live in one of these areas to easily add support for monitoring all unencrypted comms on these systems.

Uniden has led the way by adding the ability to use new digital modes in our scanners, without forcing all customers to incur the cost of support for systems that they have no need for. Our “a la carte” business model lets you pay for what you use and allows us to fairly compensate our technology licensors when one of our customers decides to use their technology. Using the Uniden BCDxxxP2 radios, upgraded with the DMR and ProVoice upgrades, you can now seamlessly monitor unencrypted channels on the following system types:

  • Conventional Analog channels
  • Conventional P25 Digital channels
  • Motorola Type I and Type II Trunked Radio systems with Analog and Digital (P25) Voice
  • EDACS Analog trunked radio systems
  • LTR Analog trunked radio systems
  • APCO Project 25 Phase I and Phase II Digital Trunked Radio systems
  • EDACS trunked radio systems with ProVoice channels (paid ProVoice upgrade required)
  • Conventional Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) channels (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • MotoTRBO Capacity Plus Trunked Radio Systems (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • MotoTRBO Connect Plus Trunked Radio Systems (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • MotoTRBO Linked Capacity Plus Systems (paid DMR upgrade required)
  • DMR Tier III Trunking (paid DMR upgrade required)

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NFL Investigating Giants for Using Two-Way Radio During Game Against Cowboys

The NFL is investigating the Giants’ potentially rule-breaking use of a two-way radio during the team’s recent 10-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

The use of a two-way radio by a coach during a game is strictly against league rules, according to ESPN.

In the fourth quarter of the game, Giants head coach Ben McAdoo was spotted using a walkie-talkie to communicate play calls with Eli Manning after his headset malfunctioned.

The Cowboys issued a formal complaint to the league over the radio use, but the NFL’s investigation was already underway by the time Dallas contacted them.

The NFL has a rule against coaches using two-way handheld radios because the league cannot control when both parties are communicating.

A coach using a walkie-talkie makes it harder for the NFL to monitor a league rule that states communication from the sideline to the quarterback must end when 15 seconds are left on the play clock.

With headsets, the NFL has the power to shut off communication at will with a “cutoff switch operator,” ESPN reported.

The Giants had no comment when reached Thursday night.

McAdoo used the walkie talkie in question, however, for about four or five plays on the Giants’ fourth-quarter drive that ended in an Eli Manning interception on a pass intended for Victor Cruz.

McAdoo’s normal equipment malfunctioned and as the Giants worked to fix it, the coach was handed the walkie talkie temporarily because its signal was reaching Manning’s helmet.

As the Giants worked to correct McAdoo’s equipment, Odell Beckham Jr. could be seen running to the sideline to bring plays back to the huddle and Manning was heading over to the sideline, as well.

There is no evidence in reviewing the game film that demonstrates McAdoo was on the walkie talkie for longer than the allowed 15 seconds of communication with his quarterback.

There is also, of course, no evidence that the Giants gained any advantage even if he was. The drive ended in a turnover and the Giants’ offense stunk most of the night. 

Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/football/giants/nfl-investigating-giants-two-way-radio-cowboys-article-1.2912399


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Firefighters Injured in Four Alarm Strip Mall Fire

– Two firefighters were injured while battling a four-alarm fire Thursday December 15 at a Monterey Park strip mall.

The large structure fire was reported around 1:30 a.m. in the 300 block of East Garvey Avenue, according to a Monterey Park Fire Department dispatcher.

During the firefighting effort, part of the mall’s roof collapsed. The flames were extinguished by about 4:45 a.m., the fire department reported.

The conditions of the injured firefighters were not immediately released officially, but news media outlets reported their injuries were minor.

About 40 people were evacuated from an apartment building just north of the fire scene, but they were allowed back into their residences around 4:45 a.m., police said.

The fire knocked out some electrical service in the area, including blacking out some traffic signals, but power was restored by about 7:30 a.m., police said. Also, Garvey Avenue was blocked between Alhambra and Russell avenues, but the roadway was reopened about 7:30 a.m., police said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately available.

Source: http://www.foxla.com/news/local-news/223852019-story


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LAPD Stuffs a Chopper with Toys for Christmas

The LAPD responds to a challenge by the New South Wales Police Department to stuff a chopper with toys for kids this Christmas. Watch Chief Charlie Beck challenge the LA County Sheriff Department to do the same.

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New Paint Scheme for El Segundo PD Cars


The El Segundo Police Department has begun phasing in a new design for their patrol cars and the implementation will continue throughout 2017.

Pictured here is the first vehicle with the new design. The current patrol cars have graphics that have been in place for almost 20 years.

Be on the lookout for newly designed patrol cars coming to a street near you!

Follow El Segundo PD on Twitter: #elsegundopd

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Whistler to Update TRX-1 / TRX-2 Scanners with NXDN™


Bentonville, AR– (December 13, 2016) The Whistler Group, Inc., a leading industry supplier of state-of the-art mobile electronics, is in the homestretch to the highly-anticipated release of an NXDN™ update to the TRX-1 and TRX-2 which currently feature Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) capabilities.

The Whistler TRX-1 (handheld) and TRX-2 (desktop/Mobile) originally released in May of this year are multi-system adaptive digital trunking scanners with Motorola P25 Phase I, X2-TDMA, Phase II and DMR. Additionally, Whistler announced during the initial product debut, that development of NXDN monitoring was underway and the TRX-1 and TRX-2 would receive an NXDN™ upgrade later this year at no cost to the consumer.

NXDN™ is a Common Air Interface (CAI) technical protocol for mobile communications developed jointly by Icom Incorporated and JVC Kenwood Corporation. Many market segments such as security, transportation, railways, construction, taxi companies, hotels and more use NXDN™. In addition, areas of Public safety − with agencies from police, fire, municipal services and military are using NXDN technology.

“At this time we are very excited to announce that we will be releasing the NXDN upgrade for the TRX-1 and TRX-2 on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon CST,” said Wendy Taylor, Marketing Manager for the Whistler Group. “When Whistler entered the scanner industry we were committed to bringing innovation and we are demonstrating that by our introduction of DMR earlier this year and our continued development to provide NXDN.”

The TRX-1 and TRX-2 began shipping in late June 2016 and have an MSRP of $649.95 and $729.95 respectively.

NXDN is a trademark of ICOM, Inc. and JVC Kenwood Corp.

Source: https://whistlergroup.com/blogs/news/whistler-to-update-trx-1-trx-2-scanners-with-nxdn

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HRO Ham Jam 2016

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO's Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Single Transmitter, Orange Section, in the Anaheim Ham Radio Outlet parking lot at HRO’s Ham Jam, with K6VCR, K7JA, KL7MF, and N6MI, DM13. Photo by N6MI

Our 5th Annual HRO Ham Jam is coming up!

Saturday, July 16, 2016 is the date, store hours are 10AM-5:30PM, and once again we will be hosting our local clubs and communications specialists in the store parking lot for another educational and fun event.

Come tour the OC RACES communications van as well as the Anaheim RACES trailer, learn about Hospital Disaster Services, and see how many of the clubs like the San Diego Six Shooters, the Motorcycle Amateur Radio Club, SOARA, WARA, and others who have not yet committed before newsletter deadline time make various activities available to local hams.

The Eagle Scouts will be providing a hotdog lunch this year, and Mr. Gordon West and representatives from ARRL, Comet Antennas, Ham Radio Deluxe, Icom, Kenwood, Pryme, and Yaesu will be available for questions (listen for announcements throughout the day for impromptu informational gatherings, satellite passes, or how-to sessions.)

License testing will also be available most of the day; if interested in testing, please call Janet at the store at 714-533-7373 with name and contact information so that we may plan for appropriate seating.

Three prize drawings will be held throughout the day at 11AM, 1:30PM, and 3PM. Winners will need to be present to win goodies from many of our suppliers who have donated some really great stuff!

Come join us for a fun-filled Saturday of ham radio; make it your goal to leave having learned at least one new thing and/or shared your own knowledge with at least one new ham.

Kind 73,
Janet Margelli, KL7MF
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Anaheim, CA 92801
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BMW Wins LAPD Electric Car Contract, Beating Tesla


German automaker BMW has beaten California-based Tesla Motors Inc. by winning a contract to supply the Los Angeles Police Department with 100 electric cars.

BMW is leasing 100 of its i3 all-electric plug-in vehicles, which the LAPD plans to use for community outreach and other police business — but not patrols or car chases.

That will bring to almost 200 the number of electric vehicles the city is using in its various departments.

In the last year, the LAPD has been seen testing Tesla’s P85D, a variant of the Model S that has been discontinued. The Police Department was apparently looking at buying or leasing the replacement, the P90D, but decided on the BMW i3 instead.

Weak and small compared with the mighty Tesla, the BMW is also more affordable. The small German electric car costs $42,000, or well under half the Tesla’s price.

Vartan Yegiyan, who oversees the LAPD’s motor transport division, said the BMWs would be leased for $387 a month. A three-year lease for 100 cars will total about $1.4 million, including maintenance and repairs, he said.

Yegiyan said it will cost an additional $1.5 million for the infrastructure to charge the BMWs and other electric vehicles purchased in the future.

Although the Tesla is capable of massive acceleration, top speeds suitable for high-speed chases and a range of almost 300 miles, the smaller, more moderate i3 accelerates quickly, has a lower top speed and can go only 80 to 100 miles on one electric charge.

But for an additional fee, the i3 is also available with a gas-engine “extender” that increases the range to about 150 miles.

The LAPD’s i3 lease could lead to a deal for vehicles more suitable for patrol work. Police Chief Charlie Beck said the department was continuing to work with BMW, Tesla and other automakers to create a more capable electric vehicle.

“We want to go to the next step,” he said. “They will absolutely be the patrol cars of the future.”

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hailed the move, saying, “We should be thinking green in everything we do,” and adding that the adoption of electric cars will “also save money and resources.”

Garcetti said the LAPD is leasing the vehicles as part of a three-year agreement with BMW, enabling the city “to be flexible and to change as EV technology evolves further.”

He also said the city plans to acquire 100 additional electric vehicles this fiscal year.

In making the announcement, BMW said the availability of a large network of BMW “i centers,” which can service electric vehicles, influenced the LAPD’s decision.

The fact that the LAPD uses BMW motorcycles in its fleet may also have helped seal the deal.

BMW said Greenlots, a Californiabased company that manages electric vehicle charging networks, would supply 100 Level 2 and four DC fast chargers to the LAPD.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/


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Long Beach Fire Department Debuts New Boat

Long Beach Fire Boat

After adding some finishing touches on Long Beach Fire Department’s Fireboat 20, it’s ready for its official debut.

Fire Chief Mike DuRee said the department has had the vessel for a couple of months, and used it in fires, such as the blaze at the old Ruby’s Diner at the end of the Seal Beach Pier.

But, there were a few minor things that needed to be tweaked.

“There was a punch list that needed to get fixed,” DuRee said. “It also gave our crew the opportunity to get familiar with it.”

The vessel, called “Protector,” has its dedication from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Port of Long Beach Joint Command and Control Center. The ceremony isn’t public, port media relations lead Lee Peterson said.

The Protector was built in Washington State, DuRee said.

“They build all boats up there, don’t they?” he said.

The boat has a laundry list of features, DuRee said, needed to battle fires these days.

“The reality is because of the types of ships we see in port, we needed it to enhance our capabilities,” DuRee said. “We have much greater issues to deal with in the port.”

The port’s biggest container ships can carry 18,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit), whereas older ones had 4,500 TEUs. DuRee said initial estimates for the Protector said it could discharge 45,000 to 50,000 gallons of water per minute, but he said it actually flows about 60,000 gallons of water per minute.

“It’s a very capable vessel,” DuRee said.

The fire department’s other boats were built in the mid-1980s, DuRee said, and flow about 10,000 gallons of water per minute.

“They’ve outlived their expectancy,” DuRee said.

DuRee said the boat is 108 feet long and designed much like a tugboat with its Voith Schneider drive system.

“It’s like an egg beater,” DuRee said. “The whole system is unique. It can stay on station and is an industry standard. It’s a lot more maneuverable and designed with a number of features combined… There are no other boats around like it.”

In the Ruby’s Diner fire, the Protector extinguished the fire within three minutes by throwing environmentally friendly Novacool foam on it with its 10 water cannons.

Other features of the Protector include a basket on the deck, allowing firefighters to be hoisted up to a fire, DuRee said. It also has two pilot areas, allowing it to maneuver into very tight quarters, as well as the latest and greatest in navigational equipment, medical station and more, he said. The boat also has CBERN (chemical, biological, explosive, radiological and nuclear) equipment, with its ability to become airtight and produce its own air, he said.

“I’m just scratching the surface of its capabilities,” DuRee said. “We’re absolutely thrilled we have this new asset in town. It’s the most comprehensive boat in the world. My crew down there is still learning… It gives us the ability to provide greater safety.”

To get the Protector and another boat next year, LBFD received about $19 million in federal grant money from the Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), DuRee said, and the port matched that amount. He said he was unsure of the total cost. But, Peterson said the total cost for this boat is about $25.8 million.

“We’re very thankful to the Port of Long Beach to help maintain our presence,” DuRee said. “The port made a 50-year investment.”

The UASI assists high-threat, high-density urban areas to build and sustain the capabilities to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism, according to its website.

As far as money goes, DuRee said he has six crewmembers assigned to the Protector, which is fewer than eight on a similar boat in the city of Los Angeles.

“Not only do we have a better machine, but we don’t need as many to man it,” DuRee said.

He said that helps when it comes to budget talks.

“For the day in and day out operations of the vessel, we think six people is sufficient,” DuRee said.

Source: http://www.gazettes.com/


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