Category Archives: Article

Will SmartPhones Replace Public Safety Radios? FirstNet Push-to-Talk Just Might Make That Happen

FirstNet Push-to-Talk (PTT) service, provided by AT&T, delivers the performance that public safety needs and can be an LMR alternative for some agencies, according to the captain of a New Jersey police department that conducted a beta trial of the … Continue reading

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Hytera Requests New Trial, Motorola Solutions Seeks Permanent Injunction in Federal-Court Case

Hytera Communications is asking for a new trial and a drastic reduction in a $764.6 million judgment against it, while Motorola Solutions seeks a permanent injunction prohibiting Hytera from selling much of its portfolio of DMR portable radios, according to … Continue reading

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Becker Avionics Changes the Way Pilots Monitor Radio with 3D Audio

Becker Avionics has brought a new intercom system to the market that makes it easier for pilots to listen to multiple radios at once using 3D audio. The system, AMU6500, is parallel to the company’s DVCS6100 intercom system with 3D … Continue reading

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LACOFD Firehawk unit receives HAI’s Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) has announced that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department Air Operations (LACOFD) Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk helicopter teams are the 2020 recipients of the Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award. The award honors the person or … Continue reading

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First Engine Broke Down En Route to Woolsey Fire, Sources Say. Blaze Grew at a Terrifying Rate

When the Woolsey fire broke out a year ago at Boeing’s shuttered nuclear and rocket engine testing site near Simi Valley, a private fire crew working for the aerospace giant was the closest to the flames. A firetruck headed to … Continue reading

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LAFD Honors Camarillo Copter Pilot for Risky Woolsey Fire Rescue

The Los Angeles Fire Department honored a Camarillo resident during its annual Valor Awards ceremony on Friday for performing a risky helicopter rescue during the Woolsey Fire. Dave Nordquist, 58, worked as a helicopter pilot for the department when he … Continue reading

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New Radio Brings AI Voice Assistant to Law Enforcement

On the heels of several new acquisitions and product announcements in recent months, Motorola Solutions is announcing a new radio equipped with a voice assistant, which the company says is the first of its kind. The public safety radio is called APX … Continue reading

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Deputy Pilot Protects From On High and Also Gives Back to Law Enforcement by Heading Up Relief, Donation Efforts

Hovering over the San Jacinto Mountains, seemingly able to see forever in any direction, Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Chad Marlatt has to remind himself every day that he’s actually working. Trust us, he is. In addition to being a pilot … Continue reading

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Anaheim Firefighters Train for Safer Elevator Rescues

Being trapped in an elevator is a nightmare scenario for many, but those in Anaheim can rest assured that Anaheim Fire & Rescue is prepared. The department is training firefighters on rescuing people from a stuck elevator with little or … Continue reading

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Scanner sharks: Special breed of hobbyists keep their ears tuned to emergency dispatches

By Rachel Rice St. Louis Post-Dispatch Dec 29, 2018 When dispatchers radioed St. Charles emergency services to tell them that a man was stranded in the catwalks beneath the Blanchette Bridge that carries Interstate 70 over the Missouri River, scanner … Continue reading

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