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Section 23: Radio Communications
Radios are provided for use by Western EMS personnel. They are property of Western EMS, and must be treated as such. Each radio will be checked out to on duty personnel and they are responsible for the radio. Radios will be kept in the case when on the belt. Members holding a radio should be cautious of the radio's location so the transmit button is not bumped or held open when not intended.
The current radio layout for the duty radio is as follows:
- Channel 1: Western EMS Repeater
- Channel 2: Western EMS Simplex
- Channel 3: BEACON
- Channel 4: OPS Repeater
Rules for Radio Use:
- Radios should be operated on Channel 1 at all times unless there is a specific reason to be operating on another frequency.
- Proper English must be used on the radio conforming to FCC guidelines.
- No names will be used over the radio. Instead, members should use member numbers. These numbers are assigned at the beginning of each semester.
- When communicating, Depress the transmit button, pause, and then state who you are calling, followed by your number (Example: "Western from Edward 20")
- If 10-codes are used, they must conform to university standards. Please see 23.1 for a listing of approved 10-codes.
- When spelling, members must use a phonetic alphabet. Please see 23.2 for a listing of approved phonetic alphabet terms.
- During incidents of a Mass Casualty or Multiple Victim response, members should not use radio codes. Instead, they should use plain English.
- At the end of each shift, radios must be returned to the charger. Verify the light is showing that the radio is charging.
- Section 1: Introduction
- Section 2: Conduct code, Rights and Responsibilities
- Section 3: Application Process
- Section 4: Training Sessions
- Section 5: Administrative Positions Hiring Procedure
- Section 6: Mid-Semester Reviews
- Section 7: Ranks and Positions
- Section 8: Talent Grants
- Section 9: Dress Code
- Section 10: Scheduling and Attendance
- Section 11: Cell Phone Use
- Section 12: Call Response
- Section 12.1: Crew Staffing
- Section 13: Off Campus
- Section 14: Equipment Purchasing
- Section 15: Use of Equipment
- Section 16: Liability Coverage
- Section 17: Alcohol, Substance Abuse and Smoking
- Section 18: Confidentiality
- Section 19: Complaints and Internal Conflicts
- Section 20: Service Recognition
- Section 21: Discipline and Conduct Code
- Section 22: On Call Rooms
- Section 23: Radio Communications
- Section 23.1: Approved 10-Codes
- Section 23.2: Approved Phonetic Alphabet
- Section 24: Communicable Disease and Exposure/Injury Care
- Section 25: Implementation of Policies and Procedures
- Section 26: Changes to the Policy and Procedure Manual
- Section 27: Meeting Attendance
- Section 28: Death of a Patient
- Section 29: Emergency Leave of Crew
- Section 30: Mass Casualty Incident or Multiple Victim Response