Cheshire County Options for Police, Fire and EMS Scanners.
Most law enforcement agencies in New Hampshire now operate on APCO-25 digital radios. Most of the fire service remains on the VHF band, with several large county based communication centers performing much of the dispatch work. Although, any basic scanner from low end to the digital models will allow you to listen to fire and EMS agencies, you will need a digital scanner to hear police, sheriff and the state police.
The best choice for a police and fire scanner for New Hampshire, would be a digital model as it will allow you to monitor every community, sheriff's office and the state police.
Police departments in Cheshire County use mixed analog and digital radio communication in partnership with the sheriff's office APCO-25 digital communications. The State Police also use digital communications.
Fire departments use the VHF frequency to communicate to it's apparatus and members. Southwestern New Hampshire District Fire Mutual Aid dispatches 70+ fire departments and many EMS agencies throughout southwest New Hampshire and southeast Vermont.
To monitor the EMS and fire departments only, any scanner, from a basic low-end model to the high-end will work fine. To monitor the local police, sheriff or state police, the best Cheshire County scanner is a digital scanner model.