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Fire/EMS Scanner???

Discussion in 'Firefighter/EMS Talk' started by glocker36, Sep 28, 2007.

  1. glocker36

    glocker36

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    I am joining a local paid/on call fire department and so I would like to be able to monitor frequencies. My question is what should I look for in a scanner?

    Mobile is important to me

    I want at trunk tracker scanner

    I have seen several Uniden units and they look good and are resonable.

    Do you have any favorite units that you can recommend as well as where to buy.

    Thanks
     
  2. sdsnet

    sdsnet NRA Member CLM

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    Buy a Uniden scanner online. I have the BCT15 which was about $250.00 which gets police, fire, weather, and aviation too. There are less expensive versions. Uniden makes excellent scanners. You can get them on Amazon.com for pretty good prices.
     


  3. Tvov

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    You probably already have done this, but double check what frequencys the local emergency departments use. A lot of departments are switching to UHF, and the scanners for those start at $500 as far as I am aware (at least in my area).
     
  4. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    I would think a paid/on call agency could issue you a pager.....




    Scott
     
  5. n8ick

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    I agree, you aren't issued a radio or pager?
     
  6. Resqu2

    Resqu2

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  7. sandhiller

    sandhiller NRA member

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    I agree with DScott and N8. With all the Homeland Security Grant money going for communications this last round, the dept. should have plenty of extra pagers. I belong to a volunteer FD (in my county there are no paid FD or EMS, all volunteer) I was issued a pager and a 50 watt mobile for my pickup.
     
  8. obxprnstar

    obxprnstar Goth Lover

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    Ohhhh, a portable. I sometimes think I could use one of my own.
     
  9. lomfs24

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    there are a lot of options. handheld radios purchased on eBay, pagers purchased on ebay, scanners, etc.... I have an old bearcat scanner which get's pretty much every band between 40MHz through 1500MHz. (Including cellular, scanner was produced before it was illegal to monitor cellular bands.) Handheld radios are handy, I know Kenwood handhelds can be programmed as a 2-tone pager as well. I am sure other handhelds can be as well, but I am not sure which brands can or can't.