After numerous TTXs and rehearsals, as well as live fire in a shoot house, it became evident that more than unassisted voice comms were needed.*
Fred decided to buy radios and accessories. After consulting with DSI, he added active hearing protection to protect hearing and improve coordination.
DSI recommended a GMRS radio with ear bud that would fit under active ear protection, while still allowing it to be used in day to day operations. Fred selected the Motorola RDV5100 VHF 10 Channel 5 Watt Radio. This radio works on both VHF and UHF and allows for privacy codes, is easily programmed, and nearly indestructible. It also allows for business growth without changing radios.
APD decided to run on low power in daily operations to avoid paying the Feds for a license. This also lowers their electronic signature. Fred and his team worked out a fielding plan.
Fred bought 25 radios and accessories and assigned them as:
5: Security Operators
1: Customer service
1: Contract security supervisor**
1: Tech support
This plan allows maximum information flow.
APD's use of the klaxon and PA as a warning and to pass initial information is excellent and will continue.
Because APD had a listening post running full time in the Tech Support room, APD knew what channels and frequencies were in regular use in the area. Fred's commo specialist assigned channels for day-to-day operations as well as assigning maneuver and evacuation channels, keeping things low profile and interference free.
APD's fielding went smoothly. Training was conducted on the radios and Fred incorporated radio procedures into TTX's and the radios into rehearsals and training. Having radio comms during live fire allowed the operators to spread out and still be able to coordinate their movements. Using the radios in daily operations kept folks proficient, kept radios charged, and improved operations.
The police department refused to loan APD a radio for emergencies. Fred simply told them APD would remain on the line with 911 and, after an area was cleared and secured, they'd hang an American flag out of the nearest door and the cops could come there. Fred also purchased 5x8 velcro backed American flags for his security forces to wear. The cops were briefed, and an affidavit was filed with APD's lawyer documenting the link up briefing. A copy was sent to the city attorney, certified mail.
Several employees expressed an interest in family communication plans and equipment. DSI will address this soon.
*They also added a gate and cameras on the fence for early warning and access control. Emergency switches to close the accordion doors without human assistance are on order.
** He knows his days are numbered. The $35K APD will save by providing in-house security renders him superfluous. APD has his resume and thinks he will make a fine Rangemaster once the range is fully operational.