Current Status, Knowledge Gaps, and Research Needs Pertaining to Firefighter Radio Communication Systems : FINAL REPORT September 2003
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Current Status, Knowledge Gaps, and Research Needs Pertaining to Firefighter Radio Communication Systems : FINAL REPORT September 2003

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    NIOSH Firefighter Radio Communications 
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    "This report was prepared by TriData Corporation under contract with NIOSH. It should not be considered a statement or NIOSH polity or of any agency or individual who was involved." - on cover, above title

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) commissioned this study to identify and address specific deficiencies in firefighter radio communications and to identify technologies that may address these deficiencies.

    Prepared by: TriData Corporation, prepared for: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

    "Current firefighter communications systems were chosen more for mobility or availability of spectrum than for suitability to the job of providing robust, reliable communications into, from, and within structures. It is not surprising that they can fail to provide adequate communications in buildings, which are the most challenging of radio communication environments. The technologies discussed in this report offer the possibility to significantly improve radio communications in large structures as well as in basement and other below grade areas. But it also appears that one technology alone will not be sufficient. Combining technologies together to make a hybrid system may be necessary. A MANet system provides the firefighter the mobility he needs; when coupled with a PLC or MF communications system, a MANet system may provide coverage even into difficult areas where radio waves cannot penetrate. Enhancing technologies can be integrated into this hybrid system to give even further improvements. Many of the technologies considered in this report are undergoing commercial development at a fast pace. This promises to keep the underlying cost of the technology reasonable, although the special requirements of the fire service may impose additional costs. Commercial development should be encouraged, as the benefits of these technologies will improve fireground communications." - NIOSHTIC-2

    NIOSHTIC no. 20026318

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    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY -- CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION -- CHAPTER II: METHODOLOGY -- CHAPTER III: FIREFIGHTER COMMUNICATION ISSUES -- CHAPTER IV: STRUCTURE COMMUNICATIONS ISSUES -- CHAPTER V: CURRENT TECHNOLOGY STATUS, KNOWLEDGE GAPS, AND RESEARCH NEEDS -- APPENDIX A: PRIORITIZED PROJECT ISSUES -- APPENDIX B: FIRE DEPARTMENT COMMUNICATIONS – EXPERIENCES FROM THE FIELD -- GLOSSARY OF TERMS AND ABBREVIATIONS -- MASTER REFERENCE LIST -- BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES BY SUBJECT AREA.
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