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Firefighters

“As a fire chief and first responder, it’s critical that I be able to communicate.  And I recognize that for me and for all, mobile phones are no longer a luxury, but an important part of everyday life, especially necessary in times of crisis.  We all need robust communications, and we need them all the more during emergencies.”
Charles L. Werner via The Hill, January 2014 | Firehouse® contributing editor, a 34-year veteran of the fire service and chief of the Charlottesville, VA, Fire Department. Source

Paramedics

“I believe that the radio problem is a contributing factor to the chaos and delay of prompt medical care to the victims.” Greg Russell, President of Local F121 of the International Association of Firefighters Source

Police Officers

“It is no exaggeration to state that in the highly mobile and often dangerous environment in which our officers work, radio communication is a lifeline that means the difference between triumph and tragedy.” Chief Joseph G. Estey, Hartford Police Department, White River Junction, VT Source
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