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    I was wondering, what ten codes do you use? This is what we use:
    10 1 Under Control
    10 2 On Location
    10 3 Go ahead
    10 4 OK
    10 6 Caution
    10 7 At quarters
    10 8 Enroute
    10 9 Repeat
    10 12 Stand by
    10 19 Enroute back to station
    10 20 Location
    10 21 Call by phone
    10 22 Cancel call
    10 100 MAYDAY
    Code C Cation Desease threat
    Code H Get police NOW
    10-50 PI - Auto Accident with injuries
    10-50 PD - Auto Accident with no injuries
    10-50 PED- Auto Accident with person hit.
    10-50 Rescue- Auto Accident with victim traped
    Priority 1 - Injuries are bad and may be life threatning
    Priority 2 - Injuries are bad but not life threatning
    Priority 3 - Not bad injuries
    Priority 4 - Dead
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    OH GOD not codes!
    sorry but I'm a huge advocate of short clear text communications that way theres no misunderstanding of a code or the need for a translator, especially on those O'dark thirty calls. The only codes my dept uses are code 99= cardiac arrest and code 100= dead body. Those are the only things we dont put over the air, everything else is said in clear text and repeated, MUCH easier, but to each his own.
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    I think that Radio codes serve a few purposes. First of all, and don't think I'm kidding about this, it makes us sound soooo much cooler. Saying "We've got a Signal 100" is a lot less dorky sounding than "Uh, dead body over yonder." Another reason is that you might only want the dispatcher and yourself to know what's going on. For instance, in my district, "Signal 10" means "Cops", and sometimes, you want Cops without yelling "Oh My God!!! Send Cops" into the radio. Thirdly, the signal system has been in place for so long that it's almost second nature. Old habits die hard.

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    We use these:
    10-1: signal weak
    10-2: siganl good
    10-4: affirmative/ok
    10-6: busy
    10-7: out of service
    10-8: in service
    10-9: repeat
    10-12: stand by
    10-14: information
    10-17: en route
    10-20: location
    10-22: cancel
    10-23: on scene
    10-24: assignment complete
    10-25: meet at _____
    10-41: beginning tour of duty
    10-42: ending tour of duty
    10-50: minor no injuries
    10-50: major with injuries
    10-51: rotation wrecker
    10-60: in the area

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    the ONLY code i like is 10-26. FDNY uses this code for Food on the Stove. we all know that most our calls are 10-26's
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    We try to avoid using 10 codes as much as possible.The only ones we use are

    10-3 No radio traffic unless emergncy traffic
    10-4 ok, copy
    10-7 person is dead
    10-9 repeat
    10-12 civilian
    10-45 car wreck without injuries
    10-46 car wreck with injuries and/or entrapment

    Dispatch will use soem 10 codes we dont use when taking to us like
    10-1 cannot copy radio traffic
    10-2 can copy radio traffic clearly
    10-6 busy
    10-8 available
    10-88 phone number
    10-47 license plate number

    we use these also

    signal 1 - home
    siganl 2 - meet soemone somewhere
    siganl 4 - place of work ex.(its the police station for the police, firestation for us, dispatch for the dispatchers)
    siganl 5 - food
    signal 6- call
    siganl 8- disregard
    signal 9- lights and sirens
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    I believe that this thread is proving why 10 codes need to go away. With so many variations of the same thing, mutual aid responses can get interesting.

    10-7 = Dead Body
    10-7 = Out of service
    10-7 = At quarters

    Clear text works. It's fairly simple to understand and you can usually figure out what someone is trying to tell you.

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    If all your codes begin with "10", then what is the point of even saying "10"?

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    Very good point ADZE

    This "thread" also lends some ammunition to the ??? about using codes instead of words to describe situations (see "was this really necessary?" in Firefighter Forums. Three different sets of "10" codes have been published here for ALL to see. Whats the point....?
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    The point that you ask about:

    I just thought that it would be nice to see what everyone uses over the air waves. Plus if we have someone is MD, DE, VA post their ten codes then I can know what to use when I am talking to them over the air waves. Where I live, it is only about 2 miles from DE and we always run with, as a matter of fact we had a house fire that we assited a Delaware company with just last night. Plus I am about 1 hour from VA and occasionally I do drive through there and maybe out of the blue moon I drive through there and I need to talk to the people ober the other end of the radio and I would need to know how to use there codes, it is rare but possbile. So that is the point, so what is your point of wondering why there is a point?

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    Shouldn't you be in school right now learning something instead of on the internet posting stuff to forums?

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    Huh?
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    Station7's last post was at 10:59am on a Wednesday...So either he wasn't at school, or he was posting from school....

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    It wasn't you I posted "Huh" of, Adze. I was trying to sort the reasoning in the previous post. I was trying to understand the point of the point by asking what was the point of asking what the point was, and so on and so on. You just happened to post before me.

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    Plain english please.....You have to be smart what you say....

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    Yes I was posting from school, I am many business classes, although I do not plain on being in the business profession I still take them, I am one of the more advanced student in business at my school, so I find myself with time to surf the web and go to the forums. But thanks for taking in consideration on the matter of what times a post.

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    here are the main ones we use:

    10-4 yes/ok
    18-8 avaliable for service
    10-9 repeat
    10-17 en route
    10-20 location
    10-22 cancel
    10-23 on loaction
    10-24 clear assignment
    10-50 wreck
    theses are our main ones. if you want a copy of all of them, email me at redneck_firefighter@hotmail.com and ill email ya a copy.
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    Originally posted by Station7Cadet
    Plus I am about 1 hour from VA and occasionally I do drive through there and maybe out of the blue moon I drive through there and I need to talk to the people ober the other end of the radio and I would need to know how to use there codes, it is rare but possbile.
    Ummm...WHY IN THE WORLD would you do something like that?!?!?! They have words to describe people like you. It is none of your business being on THEIR frequency talking to them...don't think the FCC issued Pittsville Cadets "Universal Licenses" to all frequencies. If you came up this way and tried that there would be people out looking for you to kick your read end. I live about 1 hour from Boston...does that mean I am gonna go up there and talk on the radio over their frequency to them? Absolutely not! I don't think other fire departments want you...a cadet...cluttering up their airwaves with mindless garbage, because I am sure that is what it would be...

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    On the topic...we don't use 10-codes--we use plain text. I think the variance in what codes mean from area to area illistrate the reasoning behind this.

    Everybody understands plain text...just think before you start telling a life story on the radio.

    As far as the point of the point of the point....I confused!

    Ryan, IF you were in someone else's district who used different 10-codes, and IF you felt the need to talk to them on the radio...don't you think it would be easier to use plain text rather than spend time collecting and memorizing 10-codes?

    By the way, Adze is right about the FCC...if someone was in a poor mood and heard you on their frequency, they could report you to the FCC. My advice? Get a cell phone.
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    Simply put, 10 codes suck. If you can't say what you mean, you probably shouldn't have the mic in hand.

    For example: When you're not 10-6 could you signal-6 me or signal-8 with me somewhere? I've got some 10-43 for you about that 10-16 that turned into a 10-50 with a 10-70.

    HUH!

    And Ryan, maybe you should spend more of your time in school actually focusing on your schoolwork. I find it hard to believe that you could be an advanced business student at any school with the poor spelling and grammer that you display in here on a regular basis. Oh wait, I forgot, you type too fast and that's the reason for all the errors.

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    English please no codes here we use one code 10-4 thats it we just go a way form the codes (thank god)
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    Thumbs down 10 codes

    Sorry, about the down finger, but we also use the plain text. At least everyone else around use knows what you are talking about.

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    Ok, I will stick up for Ryan a little.
    This is th Jr. forum so you have to expect kids
    being on it. Yes, you should be doing schoolwork
    not playing on the computer, but I am playing on
    the computer instead of doing work work.

    10 codes suck. Older guys still use them I say
    what I mean. I can see it for a dead body, but
    that is about it.

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    I'll be 10-6 for a 10-13 at my 10-10, I'll 10-21 you later, then we can 10-22, but not until I 10-7 and go back 10-8.
    (I'll be out of service for food at my house, I'll call you later, then we can meet up, but not until I get gas and go back in service)

    That's what happens when the police and first aid are on the same frequency, i know all of the like 60-65 10 codes used in my town, though the only one's I ever need to hear are 10-40 (Fire call) or a 10-48 (First Aid Call).
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    hey..I live 35 minutes away from New York City..shall I memorize there 10 codes? Ya know i might happen to drift over there one day and need to talk on one of there radios at the big 10-75!!
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