I am looking for procedures that define what extra portables on rigs are called. This includes radio designations. For example, "Engine 5 to Engine 5 extra portable". We now have an extra portable assigned to each rig and we are in the process of writing a procedure for their use.
The portables on our trucks are refered to as Portable (truck #). If an officer does not respond on the rig the firefighter in the officer seat takes the portable with him.
All our portables are identified either by assignment(attack team,ventilation,etc)or more often,by the id # of the person who is carrying it.It does'nt matter which rig it came off of.
We have 12 portables the members carry with them. All radio traffic is by member id# unless it is for the rig itself. The departments in this area all operate this way and it seems to work fine.
the most simple way seems to be identifying yourself by the operation that you are doing.simply command from interior,command from roof.If your not doing a task at the time we use our pager number.
Our dept. has Car #'s assigned ( basically they are F/F #'s) and that number is used or if you are assigned a group (ie. Ventilation Group from Command) or a crew ( Crew Carnahan from Command )another area dept. has 2 portables per Engine and their designators( I think they still use them) are "141x" and "141 Double x"
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In Indy we ID our portable radios by A,B,C,D.
For example: Ladder13A is the officer. Ladder13 B and C are the two backstep guys, and Ladder13D is the Engineer. We are on a 800 trunking system that IDs the radios as such when you key the mike. If your worried about the distinction between "B" and "D" we say (Ladder13 "BAKER")and (Ladder13 "DAVID").
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Officer is always refered to by apparatus assignment, i.e Engine 4, Engine 3 etc.
Drivers are always apparatus names-1, i.e 4 1 (four one) the 3 and 4 designators are for the riders in the jump seats (four three, four four). Nobody really likes to ride jump seat of Engine 2 (two-two)
Department policy is that at least 1 portable be assigned to each team.
This works for us, but we are a small department and rarely have more than 14 firefighters on a fire scene.
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