ARFF Vehicle Communications
Airport tower as well as fire ground communications is absolutely essential to aircraft rescue firefighters. Setcom's System 1300, used in conjunction with Setcom's wired headsets, provides the only split audio technology that allows the firefighter to hear the tower and fire band radios in separate ear cups.
The 1300 system is a live, full-duplex intercom system for constant communications between ARFF vehicle crewmembers. The firefighter will receive the fire dispatch and intercom traffic in the left ear-cup and the airport tower radio in the right. Setcom's System 1300 is also the only system specifically designed for the crash truck applications and gives the captain the ability to talk on the fire band radio at the same time the driver is talking over the tower band radio.
90% of America's major airports use Setcom's System 1300 in their ARFF apparatus. Setcom's System 1300 along with the CSB Series Headset is the leading system being installed in most new ARFF apparatus. The Liberator Wireless Headset is also available for use with this system.
Wired System 1300 Select features:
Example Wired System Diagram: Click here
- Modular system accommodates up to four radios and up to eight crewmembers.
- Wired headsets leverage the split audio technology.
- System provides full-duplex intercom among crewmembers and simultaneous radio transmit on two radios.
- Interconnect cables incorporate a shield on the microphone line and on the overall cable to prevent RF and EM interference.
- System supports up to five radio transmit positions-one master station and four full-feature remote stations or four radio transmit positions and four intercom-only positions.
- Radio transmit headsets can be used with a portable radio or connected to an aircraft's intercom system using adapter cables (PRAC-1310 and AA-1310, respectively).
Wireless System 1300 Select features:
Example Wireless System Diagram: Click here
- "Instant On" - No need to turn the headset on and off. Advanced motion sensor technology has been integrated into the Liberator Headset. Headset shuts down after 15 minutes of inactivity and will automatically turn back on when the user grabs the headset.
- Audio is mixed on the System 1300 for wireless headset positions.
- Cell Phone Integration - Most Bluetooth-enabled cell phones and other audio devices can be used directly with the Liberator Headset.
- Up to 1200ft of range (line of sight)
- Up to 30 hours of continuous talk time allows for more uses with fewer charges.
- Portable Radio Integration - the PRAC allows the firefighter to simultaneously communicate over 2 radio channels.
Other Systems to Consider for ARFF Vehicles:
Other Apparatus Configurations:
- System 1600: Ideal for command vehicles with 6 total radios with 4 people needing to monitor and transmit over those radios.
- System 950: When fire departments need additional crew members to monitor and transmit on the mobile dispatch radio.