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  1. #61
    CaptainCarp
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    Cool

    To many numbers already,stick with the plain text. As far as the numbering goes our Department is numbered like this.

    First 1-2 numbers indicate Dept. 3rd number is the station number. And last number is the type. 1-4 Engines 5-Ladder 6-Tankers 7-Rescues 8-Utlitys 9-Aid Cars

    5511-Engine
    5512-Engine
    5516-Tanker
    5519 Aid Car ETC.
    This way you know what type of equip. and were it is coming from during mutual aid calls. Seems to work for us. But remember if it ain't broke don't fix it.


  2. #62
    570eck
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    Post

    first for the short part.
    i prefer plain language it keeps the confusion to a min. and the whackers off the radio, there is something about the numbers that gives them a wood? I dunno!

    second we have a # syestem similar to some others i have seen posted

    Ex. 5730
    57 is station #
    30 is a pumper 500-1500 gpm 500-1500 gwt

    the 57 leads off every unit and officer

    the second set of #'s is as follows

    00-09 line officers 00 chief 01 asst. 02 capt. etc.
    10-19 command vehicles
    20-29 mini pumpers\Brush units
    30-39 pumpers 500-1500 gpm & gwt
    40-49 super pumpers 1500+ gpm & gwt
    50-54 snorkels
    55-59 quints, ladders, towers, tillers
    60-69 not used can be for amb. medic
    70-79 Rescues
    80-89 Tankers
    90-95 Special resource, flood trucks
    96-98 boats
    99 would be base sta. radio

    i feel these are flexible to most areas and give you a half decent idea of what you have coming for mutial aid, you might not know how much hose you got coming but you know the truck will fill a certian need. this is in an area where most co.s are vol. and might not apply to cities that have all paid dept.s but then again it probably could.

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  3. #63
    12865
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    in PG County maryland units are designated thus:
    ex.
    Station 8 units
    Chiefs - #, #A, #B (Chief 8,8A,8B)
    Engines 1-5 (engine 81,82,83)
    Ambulance 8-9 (ambulance 88,89)
    Squad 8, truck 8 etc...

    the only "codes" that PG uses are these:

    Level 1 Operations - working fire
    Level 1 Stage - take normal fireground positions, lay out but stay in the rig
    Level 2 Stage - Stage at a designated point, do not layout and do not get out of the rig

  4. #64
    FFSThomas
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    Exclamation

    I know there are alot of differences in East Coast and West Coast Departments, but the East seems to use the most diverse numbering and 10 code systems around. Here in the south West it's straight forward, unit type, then number-"Engine/Truck/Squad/Rescue-1 or 11 or 111 or 1111".
    I hate the 4 diget unit id, "Engine 2314" the 23 is the dept, 1 is an engine,4 is the station!!?!! Stupid!! This taken from the Cal Dept Forstry,
    The 10 codes seem to work for FDNY who doesn't need any help from any other depts but most of So. CA relies on other depts for auto aid and we all use the ICS.

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  5. #65
    postal79
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    Talking

    our county number is not used when we call in for local calls,, only when we go on mutual aid. as for codes we have used them forever but it is changing in the last year we are now using plain english

  6. #66
    One13Truck
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    Smile

    As I've said, codes work great for us... But what works good one place is a disaster for other places. Our County does all use the same code system though (okay Wilkes Barre City uses a code for in quarters nobody else uses but very rarely is mautal aid needed/provided by them) so they have a universal County-wide meaning to them. Makes for a lot less radio traffic.

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  7. #67
    One13Truck
    Firehouse.com Guest

    Smile

    As I've said, codes work great for us... But what works good one place is a disaster for other places. Our County does all use the same code system though (okay Wilkes Barre City uses a code for in quarters nobody else uses but very rarely is mutual aid needed/provided by them) so they have a universal County-wide meaning to them. Makes for a lot less radio traffic.

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    Edwardsville Emergency Services, Station 10
    We came, we saw, WE KICKED IT'S *****!!!

  8. #68
    Eng522ine
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    My town uses plain english on the radio to comply with ICS but, this is a recent thing (2 years ago). Prior to plain english, we used 10-codes. The main problem that I've noticed with the transition is that we have some members that seem to love to hear their own voice so, they turn what could be a 5 second message into a 3 minute dissertation with a ton of things that nobody really needed to or cared to know.

    As far as truck numbering goes, our system seems overly complicated when it's written but its rather simple in use. OK, in all honesty, it IS extremely complicated on paper and all but impossible to explain but there is a rhyme and reason to it and it works for us. It's similar some described here and it's also similar to systems used by our neighboring towns. Our unit numbers use the second digit of our county district number (35) for the first digit (we only get the second number because the cops use a similar system and they don't want duplicate unit numbers). The second number is the company number that the apparatus is assigned to (1-5). Here's where it gets REALLY strange... IF the second number is 1-5 and the third number is a zero the unit is an ambulance, if the second number is a 6 it's the department chief. Nevermind this... if you really want to see it check out our pathetic homepage at: www.fire@rockawaytownship.org/fire/fire_department.html

    See?? Even our site address is overly complicated!!! I guess it's just they way they do things around here.

    [This message has been edited by Eng522ine (edited 03-20-2001).]

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