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    Default Terminology

    What does your dispatch say for calls?

    Dwelling?
    House Fire?
    Other?

    Motor Vehicle Accident?
    Car Crash?
    Other?

    Anyone use 10 codes?

    Camden County Communications uses Dwelling, Building, Motor Vehicle Accident, etc. No 10 codes used.
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    Usually (depending on the dispatcher) they will say Structure Fire, and usually Motor Vehicle Accident or just MVA
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    Default California style...

    House fire- Structure fire, structure response, Vehicle
    fire threatening structure

    Car accicent- MVA is not a good term since it sounds
    too much live CVA, MCI, MVI. Also, they are not always
    "accidents" or involve a "motor vehicle".

    INSTEAD..we use "Traffic collision". This is better
    since it encompasses a wide range and cant be confused
    with other incidents. Example-

    "T/C with injuries", "T/C auto vs. ped or train or
    structure". "T/C unknown injuries", "T/C, multiple
    vehicles".

    Get it? Pretty easy, descriptive and flexible.

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    Structure fire
    Vehicle fire threatening structure
    Refuse fire threatening structure
    Vehicle fire
    Grass fire
    Fire Other (If you can't fit it into any of the above then it is a "Fire Other")
    10-50 PI
    10-50 Unknown

    Other then the 10-50 for crash, there are no other 10 Codes used.

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    Default In Ohio....

    In are little part of Ohio (Jefferson County) we are toned for structure fire, MVA, Unknown emergency or smoke investigation anything else and they ussually say it just how it is called in to them.

    Also we use the 10 codes but ares, are diffrent then what most people think. We use are to siganl the status of the truck

    10-1 On air
    10-2 Enroute
    10-3 On scene
    10-4 OK
    10-5 enroute to hospital
    10-7 Clear from scene (returning to station)
    10-8 In station
    10-9 Out of service
    10-10 Call County dispatch

    These codes are all proceeded by the trucks call Number (ie. Engine 8 is 3218 station number 32, 1 Meaning engine and 8 number assigned by dept.

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    dwelling fire, mvc or all out. um...brush fire, alarm sounding, smoke detector soundind, and so on..... no 10-10 codes.
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    We'll down here in Deep Run NC we swithced from 10 codes to plain English.


    Structure Fire
    Vehicle accident
    Vehicle accident with injuries
    Vehicle accident with pin in/ injuries
    Vehicle versus pedestrian
    Brush Fire
    Brush fire approaching structure
    EMS assingment first responders
    Service assignment (trees down, lights needed, traffic control)

    And we say
    Responding, On scene , Under Control, En route Back to quarters, All units back in quarters assignement complete.
    Its very simple
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    Usually, but sometimes depending on the dispatcher...Structure fire, brush fire, vehicular fire, vehicular accident w/ unknown injuries, with possible/confirmed entrapment, etc. If it is a vehicle vs. pedestrian or something like that, it would likely just come across as "car/truck/whatever vs. pedestrian." No 10-Codes, our dispatchers don't need to be more confused than they already are.

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    It really depends on which dispatcher is working, but I have heard:

    Dwelling Fire
    Structure Fire
    Apartment Building Fire

    Vehicle Fire
    Car Fire
    Van Fire

    MVA with injuries
    MVA with rescue
    MVA with entrapment

    EMS Assist
    Lift Assist

    Automatic Fire Alarm
    CO Alarm
    Waterflow Alarm

    Water Rescue
    Special Assignment
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    we have 10 codes rangin from 10-1 to 10-100.
    usually they say 10-70 structure fire or dwelling.
    also say 10-50 mva orcar accident

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    here in Bureau County (one of the largest counties in illinois) we our county 911 pretty much just tells us what it is in plain english. we use a few 10-codes pretty much all our dept uses is 10-4 some of the others use other ones but not many
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    Default Sorry guys...

    Sorry guys...the 10 codes are old and out of date. Too
    confusing and fuzzy. Also, again MVA is also not ideal.
    More departments on the west are using "T/C" or
    "traffic collision".

    More broad, descriptive and less air time to broadcast.
    Try it sometime...Bou

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    In Gloucester County

    Dwelling-House fires
    Building-Commerical
    Structure-Detached garage or shed
    Or for a Second Alarm+(Working Fire)
    A________ all hands opeatering
    Like ex.
    Tones: Batt. 92 in Westville, 262 Summit Ave
    a dwelling all hands opeating



    Motor Vehicle Crash- any type
    Motor Vehicle Crash with Entrapment
    Vehicle- Burning car
    Commerical Motor Vehicle Crash- Commerical types
    Commerical Motor Vehicle Crash with Entrapment
    Commerical Vehicle-Burning vehicle\

    there is alot more but what u guys asked for
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    Default Re: Sorry guys...

    Originally posted by CALFFBOU
    Sorry guys...the 10 codes are old and out of date. Too
    confusing and fuzzy. Also, again MVA is also not ideal.
    More departments on the west are using "T/C" or
    "traffic collision".

    More broad, descriptive and less air time to broadcast.
    Try it sometime...Bou
    Fine, but my dispatch center still uses MVA. If you don't like that then you can take that up with them, rather than telling me once again that "T/C" is better. I was already made aware of that once, and repeating it again has done nothing that saying it the first time has, with the exception of irritating me over the fact that you feel it necessary to tell me that the system my dispatch center uses stinks, simply because of the fact that I tell you what system my dispatch center does use.
    Any statements I have made are my statements, and my statements alone.

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    Default Re: Re: Sorry guys...

    Originally posted by JRFireman
    Fine, but my dispatch center still uses MVA.
    If you don't like that then you can take that
    up with them, rather than telling me once again
    that "T/C" is better. I was already made aware
    of that once, and repeating it again has done
    nothing that saying it the first time has, with
    the exception of irritating me over the fact
    that you feel it necessary to tell me that the
    system my dispatch center uses stinks, simply
    because of the fact that I tell you what system
    my dispatch center does use.
    Hey dude...chill out. My take on being in the
    fire service is doing the best job possible
    and communication is very key. So if we (you
    and me) are going something odd, fuzzy or
    out dated, I think we (you and me) should always
    try to improve on any subject. Again MVA sounds
    like TIA, CVA, MCI and MVI (know what those are??)

    It just makes the job easier and radio traffic
    sound better.

    -Bou (formerly a Fire Communication Center
    Manager and Dispatcher Trainer)


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    Default Re: Re: Re: Sorry guys...

    Originally posted by CALFFBOU

    Again MVA sounds
    like TIA, CVA, MCI and MVI (know what those are??)
    Actually, I don't know what those are.
    My county-wide dispatch center still uses MVA, and I do not really have the power to change that at the moment. I apologize for my previous statement, but it just got me upset that you felt the need to come back and tell us once again that "T/C" is better, when we already knew that.
    Any statements I have made are my statements, and my statements alone.

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    Default What they are...

    -TIA- "Transient Icemic Attack" a temporary
    blockage in the brain. Also known as a
    "mini stroke".

    -CVA- "Cerebral Vascular Accident" basicly
    a stroke or blockage in the brain.

    -MCI- Mass casualty incident. A major incident
    with lots of casualtys. (dead people)

    -MVI- Multi-Victim Incident. Lots of people,
    not dead.

    As you can see, the different grouping of letters
    can be confusing. So thats why its recommended to
    keep it simple when possible.

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    Here in my neck on Louisiana they say structure fire, smoke smell, automatic alarm, grass fire, bruch fire,grass and woods fire, car fire, signal 20-I(auto accident w/ injuries), signal 20-E 9auto accident requireing extrication. All ems call are done by signals also.
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    Boukca (lol, I liked that old name of yours...), an MCI doesn't necessarily mean a lot of death. It is an incident (MVA, WMD, Bioterrorism, etc.) that causes a strain on personnel, or there are more victims than there are responders. Take, for example, a 45 car pileup on the interstate. The odds are that you won't get at least 45 ambulances on scene, this is an MCI. With the proper triage and mutual aid, these situations can be handled with as few deaths as possible.
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    Originally posted by WFDjr1
    an MCI doesn't necessarily mean a lot of death.
    It is an incident (MVA, WMD, Bioterrorism, etc.)
    that causes a strain on personnel, or there are
    more victims than there are responders. Take, for
    example, a 45 car pileup on the interstate. The
    odds are that you won't get at least 45 ambulances
    on scene, this is an MCI.
    GLAD YOU LIKED THE OLD NAME. THERE IS A VERY CLEAR
    DIFFERNECE BETWEEN AN "MVI" AND A "MCI" REGARDLESS
    OF HOW MANY PATIENTS vs. RESPONDER RATIO. THE THING
    IS AN MVI HAVE LIVING PATIENTS. (BIG CAR PILEUP)

    AND MCI IS LIKE DISASTERS, ETC AND NO LIVING PEOPLE.
    MOST COMMON WOULD BE A PLANE CRASH.

    BUT THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO.
    HOPE THAT CLEARS IT UP...

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