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NCJ Number: NCJ 191160   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
Title: Guide for the Selection of Communication Equipment for Emergency First Responders Volume I (NIJ Guide 104-00)
  Document URL: PDF (Entire doc - 64 pgs) PDF (Intro, chap 1) PDF (Chap 2) PDF (Chap 3-4, Appendixes) 
Author(s): Alim A. Fatah ; John A. Barrett ; Richard D. Arcilesi Jr. ; Patrick S. Scolla ; Charlotte H. Lattin ; Susan D. Fortner
Corporate Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
United States of America
Date Published: 02/2002
Page Count: 62
  Annotation: This guide is designed to assist emergency first responders in the evaluation and purchase of communication equipment that can be used in conjunction with chemical and biological protective clothing and respiratory equipment.
Abstract: The information in this guide was obtained primarily through literature searches and market surveys. The vendors were contacted during the preparation of this guide to ensure the accuracy of data and information. In addition, the information contains test data obtained from other sources if available. The guide does not recommend specific equipment for purchase, but rather provides the reader with information available from vendors, so that commercially available equipment can be compared and contrasted. The guide first provides an overview of communication systems, with attention to system technologies, equipment types, accessories, and enhancements. This is followed by a section that discusses various characteristics and performance parameters that are used to evaluate communication equipment discussed in the guide. These characteristics and performance parameters are referred to as selection factors in the remainder of the guide. The selection factors are maximum transmitter output power, secure communications compatibility, programmability, user capability line of sight, power requirements, battery life, battery locking ability, vehicle adapter (portable radios), digital communications compatibility, durability, unit cost, operator skill requirements, and training requirements. The concluding section of the guide presents several tables that enable the reader to use the aforementioned selection factors to compare and contrast the communication equipment. Appendixes list questions that could assist emergency first responders when selecting communication equipment, list the documents referenced in the guide, and present information about communication equipment safety.
Main Term(s): Domestic Preparedness
Index Term(s): Emergency communications ; Emergency procedures ; Police telecommunications systems ; Telecommunications equipment ; Hazardous substances or materials ; Biological weapons ; NIJ grant-related documents
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America

US Dept of Defense
United States of America
Contract Number: 94-IJ-R-004; SPO-900-94-D-0002; M92361
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
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Type: Report (Technical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: National Institute of Justice Law Enforcement and Corrections Standards and Testing Program. See NCJ-191161 for Volume II.
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