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    This just isn't a 9/11 question, this is an all around question.

    The signal 5-5-5-5 means that a firefighter has returned home, he has made the ultimate sacrifice. If there is an LODD in your county, does your dispatch center transmit the 5-5-5-5?

    After the July 4th, 2002 Gloucester City, NJ fire that killed 3 sisters and 3 Firefighters:

    Mt. Ephraim Station 4-5: Fire Chief James Sylvester
    Deputy Fire Chief/CFM 6 John West

    Gloucester City Station 5-1: Firefighter Thomas Stewart III;

    County Communications transmitted the 5-5-5-5 and stated when the services were. Just inquiring.
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    We very recently had our company President pass away. The county dispatched our tones and gave the death notice and the times of the services. If I remember correctly, when Jim Heenan was killed in the line of duty in 2001, the same was also done.
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    We do; one of the important members of the bereau of fire at the 9-1-1 headquarters passed on a couple of days ago and they did.
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    We dont not transmit a special signal ,but when a FF dies here we do "set the tones" for the last alarm.
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    I heard dispatch do a 5-5-5-5 two weeks ago. It was for a station in our county and they said "Station -- is saddened to announce the death of ----- on *date*, he was ** years old."

    They did'nt tone us, they just put it through the County/Open channel.. its very sad to hear a 5-5-5-5

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    I would imagine we do but am not sure...we havent have a member or former member pass away since I have been in and hope to keep it that way for a while. There was a lady that was a member of my dad's dept that passed away about a year ago and the notified everyone on the alpha numeric pagers, the did the same when the shuttle exploded. I dont know if they did it on 9/11/01 cuz iI wasnt with him when it happened, I was at school.
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    The police desk that dispatches my municipal department...wouldn't know a 5-5-5-5 if it smacked 'em in the butt. It's tough enough to get them to do a proper test each evening.
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