Last night, members of our Rapid Intervention Team conducted a drill consisting of multiple evolutions to work on radio communications en route to a mutual aid call. Each evolution of the drill began with a mock (not real) dispatch to the Team which was made up of eight Team members responding in two separate apparatus from two different stations. The objective of each evolution was to receive the dispatch by communicating with the local dispatcher and communicate with the other responding Team apparatus. Once the teams have coordinated their locations en route and their manpower they then have to communicate with the County dispatcher to be assigned a County radio channel. This would allow the dispatched Team the ability to communicate with the Incident Commander on the scene for the evolution. When the Team arrives on the scene, they will assign a member the task of coordinating all communications between the Team and the Incident Commander, which the Team coordinates their own private radio channel for their on-scene communications. Much of these communications go on behind the scenes while an incident is ongoing but unless practiced, they can be very disastrous and mistakes could be made. Upon completion of the evening’s drill, it came to our attention that much of the radio transmissions were overheard by people with scanners. This may have caused concern with the listeners not part of the drill regarding multiple incidents occurring in Jefferson. We assure the public that it was only a drill which was conducted, we do these drills to make sure we stay safe and more importantly keep you safe.
Radio Communication Drill 5/16
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