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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02-07-2012, 10:36 PM #41
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02-12-2012, 04:14 AM #42
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06-16-2014, 01:54 PM #43
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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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