New guidance on fireground radios now available

The Fireground radio guidance is now available on the UKFRS website. 

It is intended to support fire and rescue services in specifying and managing fireground voice communication radio equipment for use at incidents. The guidance sets out the regulatory and operational requirements for using equipment and frequencies.

Effective fireground communications are crucial to the work of fire and rescue services in resolving incidents and ensuring firefighter safety, particularly between sectors and when breathing apparatus (BA) crews are deployed. The intraoperability of communications between services at cross-border and major incidents can also be critical to effective operations.

Frequency assignments and a channel plan for fire and rescue services based on FM analogue radio technology was agreed by the Home Office in 1993. The introduction of new technology has led to fire and rescue services now procuring and using digital radio equipment for incident ground purposes; the channel plan was reviewed and updated in 2017.

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