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Phoenix Fire Logo The Phoenix Fire Department anxiously anticipated its $120 million digital radio system since the early stages of planning, but later learned that the characteristics of digital trunking precluded safe firefighting operations. The Fire Department abandoned the system and returned to its old conventional analog radios.

Mike Worrell and Andy MacFarlane of the Phoenix Fire Department prepared an outstanding report about digital trunked radio systems. The document focuses on radio communication issues for the fire service, however the points made are equally applicable to law enforcement radio communication.

The final report highly recommends conventional (non-trunked) radio systems that use analog (not digital) modulation for safe and consistent communication. This is a “must read” document for every police and fire executive who is considering a digital trunked radio system.