Thursday, May 15, 2008
Ventura County Star]
The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to spend as much as $16.7 million on a new communications network that should eliminate most of the radio "dead spots" that emergency workers encounter.
With the current system, firefighters, paramedics and sheriff's deputies often can't reach central dispatchers with their hand-held radios. They must use the mobile radios in their cars and trucks instead, and that can sometimes slow down calls for assistance, said Jim Norris, the Ventura County Fire Department's information technology manager.
"This is where the rubber meets the road in the delivery of services," he told the board. "If a deputy is at the scene of a gang fight, he might not be able to go back to his car to his radio."
The new system will have "acceptable audio quality" in about 95 percent of the county's populated area, he said.
The system has been in the works for months now; Tuesday's series of votes by the Board of Supervisors authorized additional spending and contracts with vendors to implement it.
The communications network will include five new microwave towers, upgrades to 11 existing microwave towers, and a new Motorola handheld radio system. It should be completely in place in three to five years, Norris said after the board meeting.
The system will have far more bandwidth than the county will require for its radio voice data, Jackson said.
"As we move forward, we could put real-time video on there, so dispatch centers will be able to see when sheriff's and fire reach a site," he said.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Los Angeles Fire Department]
Memorial services for fallen Los Angeles Firefighter Brent Lovrien will be held:
Friday, April 4, 2008 9:30 AM
Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels
555 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
All members of the community are warmly welcomed to attend this public tribute to Los Angeles Fire's fallen Brother.
Donations in memory of Firefighter Brent Lovrien and assistance for the Guzman family can be made by...
Los Angeles Firemen's Relief Association
c/o Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firemen's Fund
P.O. Box 41903
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(800) 244-3439 ext. 14242
Fire Family Foundation
c/o Los Angeles Firemen's Credit Union
815 Colorado Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90041
(800) 231-1626 ext. 2234 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindly reference "LAFD 95" on any donation submission.
For more information please visit the LAFD Media & Information Blog at lafd.blogspot.com
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Monitoring Times has released a major update to their popular monitoring resource Monitoring NASA and Space Communications just in time for the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. Visit the Monitoring Times Blog site listed below for more information and to download the monitoring guide.
NASA Monitoring Guide at Monitoring Times Blog
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
by Capt. Gabe Johnson
162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Pilots assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing's Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., will fly air patrols and air defense deterrence missions in support of the Super Bowl XLII Feb. 3 in Glendale, Ariz.
Arizona's Air Guardsmen are teaming up with the North American Aerospace Defense Command in a consolidated effort with federal, state and local agencies to provide security for the National Football League's championship game held at 73,719-seat University of Phoenix Stadium.
"We have the best jobs in the world," said Lt. Col. Moon Milham, the alert detachment commander. "We get to defend our country and our way of life, and we get to do it from the cockpit of a high performance fighter jet."
Colonel Milham, a 21-year F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, and his team of aircrew and aircraft maintainers are well-seasoned in the area of homeland defense having provided a 24/7365 rapid response force in support of Operation Noble Eagle, the U.S. air defense mission which began in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
The pilots will fly about 8 a.m. Feb. 1 over the Phoenix metropolitan area and Nogales to make a visual show of capability to the general population and the aviation community in order to deter threats, and to reassure the public of their safety.
"Over the Phoenix area, we'll have two F-16s flying in low formation at a medium speed just to let everyone know we are on the job," Colonel Milham said.
It's extremely rare that F-16s would fly at 2,000 feet over the city; therefore the pilots are coordinating with Phoenix approach and local airports to ensure the sorties do not interfere with normal flight activity in the area, the colonel said.
The jets will make approaches at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Sky Harbor Airport, Goodyear, Glendale, Deer Valley and Scottsdale, and then press south near Nogales to demonstrate U.S. air defense capability near the border.
During the Super Bowl, an undisclosed number of F-16s will perform air patrols to enforce the Federal Aviation Administration's temporary flight restriction over the area.
According to the FAA, only approved military, law enforcement and emergency medical flights will be authorized within two nautical miles of the stadium between 1 and 3 p.m.
Within 10 nautical miles of the stadium, between 3 and 10:30 p.m., authorization extends to regularly-scheduled commercial passenger, private charter and all-cargo flights that meet or exceed approved security programs. From 10 to 30 nautical miles, all other aircraft arriving or departing local airfields will be authorized to pass through, but will be required to maintain constant radio communication with air traffic control.
"We won't be as visible to people on the ground during the game on Sunday, but we'll be up there," Colonel Milham said.