I don't see the point of encrypting FDNY freqs either. NYPD I can understand due to the current state of NYC. I sure anyone doing anything wrong isn't monitoring fireground audio. Nothing was encrypted during the War Years so I certainly don't believe it needs to be now. Criminals are concerned what PD is doing not FD. And I don't really believe many of them listen to PD freqs either. Most of the street crimes aren't done with elaborate planning.