Emergency Radio

A Brief History of Emergency Service Radio

Police, Fire Department and Ambulance are the three emergency services that nowadays use an integrated communication system. In this brief history you will find that the Police was often the first service to introduce new communication technology to the emergency services. The crime fighters always had the urge to keep up with the criminals and criminals are always apt to use the latest technology to their (detrimental) benefit.

Remember that the city police system as we know it now was first organized in Philadelphia in 1751. In New York, the city police was organized only in 1845. Up to the creation of city police, marshals and sheriffs enforced the law.