Do you hear all your other stations' dispatches?
A group from our department is investigating better ways to dispatch our 5 stations (5 engines, 2 cross staffed trucks).
- 85 line personnel and we do NOT run ambulances (ran privately).
- 6500 calls/year.
Currently, the way our dispatches work is if you were at Station 2, you would hear all 6500 tones and only respond to 2000 calls.
The question at hand is how do you guys get your dispatches?
What is the size of the Department? calls/year?
How many different/backup notifying devices are used; pagers, tones, rip and run?
How long has current system been in place? Do you like it? Change?
We would like to move to hearing just "our own station tones" in order to be able to address some of the health problems associated with interrupted sleep and lack of sleep in the Fire Service. WE VERY WELL recognize that getting up in the middle of the night is part of our job, but want to find a better way to do it. And before you call bull$h!t, read this article on firefighter sleep deprivation.
Your comments and input on this is very much appreciated! Answer what questions you can or want to. And if I've left anything out that would better paint the picture, let me know.