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    Just another option - I currently work for a department with 5 stations all manned full time. I believe we use the Phoenix Station alerting or something along those lines, we call it "Barbara". Only the station(s) that are due get an escalating tone and the speakers light up with red light ring, and there are scrolling screens that show units due, address, map pg, etc. It goes off twice and if not reset manually then another two times. After the escalating tone there is an electronic female voice reading the dispatch...much easier to understand than real human dispatchers. You do not hear any radio traffic on the overhead speakers, only through the base radios in the stations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FiremanLyman View Post
    Same here on all fronts. I run on our department's only heavy rescue. If it sounds like anything good, we'll start rolling that way too.
    Same here... Except our night tones start at 11pm we have some sort of supervisor (someone who rides in a Tahoe haha. Batt chiefs, ems capt,) who rotate 6 hour watches.. 0700-1300, 1300-1900, 1900-0100, 0100-0700.. And have to clear on all calls. So they normally are good at starting additional units if something sounds iffy..

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    Work for a career department with 16 stations that runs about 30,000 calls/year. We hear all 30,000 of those dispatches. For every dispatch, every station across the city hears the pre alert tones drop, the initial dispatch, and then the full dispatch. If the call is for an apparatus assigned to your station, the zetron will activate in between the initial dispatch and the full dispatch.

    While it is useful to know what is going on around the city at all times, it does make it hard to sleep, given that tones are going off literally all night long for calls that are not yours. We have "desk watch" until 10pm each night, but that has nothing to do with dispatch. Whoever has desk watch simply has to man his or her station's main office until 10pm to answer the phones and the doorbell, if needed.

    There is talk of perhaps going to "night radio" sometime in the future, in which you will only hear your own dispatches (and not the entire city's) at night, but you know how rumors are in the fire service…only about five percent have any truth to them.

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    I'm with a metropolitan department with 32 staffed stations not to include airport running upwards to 70,000 calls a year. Initially during my first year during the day all stations would here city wide dispatch. And each individual station would be notified by a call using a 3tone system. Tones were uniform for each station with 3 tones signifying a medical or general call and double tones for a working fire or alarm bell. This heart safe method of dispatch was integrated a few years before I joined the department. The system is set up with dispatch to the mdts on each apparatus as well. After 8pm in all stations there is silent watch where the radio system only notifies the station when an apparatus there receives a call for service. The dispatch is made in the same fashion as it is in the daytime with the tones dropped, a computer voice notification of territory *box 14-1* and brief description of call ie. *heart attack or chest pain* and the apparatus or apparatuses on the call being dispatched by the call center.
    Just recently my station and a group of others city wide were setup for a complete silent watch testing where no city wide radio traffic was heard throughout the day, unless you have your portable radio on to scan in order to pick up a call incorrectly dispatched. All in all the system is great and at newer stations lighting and digital display is also integrated. The double beep as we like to call it or *fire tones* seem to be no safer just based off the premise that you train your mind to recognize the tones and know that when the double beep drops then it's an all out race to the apparatus to get dressed and respond to the call. The tones are considered heart safe and have a strange way of waking you from the deepest of sleep.

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