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    How does your 911 dispatch alert your station and volunteers of incoming emergency calls? In Washington County we use Minitor 2 pagers and some stations have house sirens for home alerting, and for in station alerting we have klaxon buzzers and some stations have bells. I know in my ambulance station we have 4 klaxon buzzers and in the bunk room and office, when the klaxon sounds, the red lights in those rooms come on, and then about 10 seconds later the white lights in those rooms and the entire station come on. How is your station and volunteers alerted to an emergency call? I'm curious to all the different ways that it is done, especially in some older city departments.
    James Ulrich, EMT-B - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services
    Deputy Chief - Hagerstown Fire Department Explorer Post 321

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    Well here in O'Fallon Illinois we belive in triple redundancy. This means each of our volunteers carry either a minitor 2 or 3, we have what we call a group alert system which our 911 dispatch center picks up a telephone on top of the consloe and our phone ring continusouly untill they hang up, and the third is the tryed and true siren on top of the fire house it's been there a long time and is not leaving anytime soon.
    The views here are mine and do not reflect that of my department or any of it's members.

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    • #3
      Main notification is by Minitor II pagers.

      Simultaneous dispatch to commercial alpha pagers that about 2/3rds of hte members have. Many, like myself, primarily rely on these and leave the Minitor II in the charger 24x7.

      Siren at our main station 8am to 10pm for fires and auto accidents. Siren removed from Station 2 about 5 years ago.

      Nothing special in the stations, other than several scanners in the main rooms...plus your personal pagers.
      IACOJ Canine Officer
      20/50

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      • #4
        Minitor IIs for all members, except Officers have Minitor IIIs on trial basis to see how they work. Second is alpha pagers - most members have these but we have to buy these and pay $90 per year for them because the township won't give us money. These also have a 2 minute delay on them from the initial call and do not update calls. Third is the siren on the firehouse. I am too far to hear it most of the time...but members who live right in town can hear it. This siren is loud enough to wake the dead so we don't need anything else inside the station. Although we do have a police/fire scanner in the bar room, one in the office, and one in the engine room.
        Never forget those who went before and sacrified to make us better and stronger as a fire service and a nation. 09-11-01 forever etched in time and our memories. God Speed Boys!

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        • #5
          Paid Medic:
          Each Bus has its own tones. We have two radios per crew that alerts to your truck. We also have alph that gives you all the info you need, and updates if the dispatch center isn't too busy.

          Vol Fire:
          All the membership has Minitor III's. We have our siren on our station, but it has been shut off . I guess when people move next door to a fire station, they feel that they now have the right to get it turned off cause its too loud. I'll bet they want to hear it when... that is another thread.

          Those of you who still have your siren, keep fighting for it(if you even have to).
          Just my 2 cents....3 before taxes

          Fir Na Tine

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          • #6
            newasstchief, i agree with you. our towns people wanted the siren shut down but they settled for it to be shut down only from 9 pm to 9 am. that siren has been there for longer than they all have been here... live with it. when it is them having an emergency i bet they would want it to sound so that volunteers came to the station for the call.
            James Ulrich, EMT-B - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services
            Deputy Chief - Hagerstown Fire Department Explorer Post 321

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            • #7
              In our country, 911 center sends out the tones, and the pagers go off. In my dept, we also have an overhead paging system so when our tones go off, a bell in the lounge hits, the speakers get loud, while in monitor mode the volume is adjustable, but when the tones hit, the volume hits a set level, and on top of all that, the good ole siren goes through a cycle. All the firefighters are issued minitor IIs and the officers and some of the guys have the new minitor III. An option in our county is the alphanumeric system. For 60 dollars for 6 months, you recieve unlimited pages and your depts calls.
              -Stay Safe

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              • #8
                Both FD and ambulance have tone/voice paging system over Minitors. For FD I have a minitor II and for ambulance I have a III. Tried getting a dual freq II so I didn't have to carry 2, but no luck. So, pagers usually stay at home and my Motorola HT1250 pportable had the tones set into it. We also have a siren on station 2 which is shut off at the moment(last 2 years) due to neighbors complaining. Station 1's siren is 10-7 after we built a new station. We haven't found a suitale location for it yet.
                HELL YEAH!!!
                The comments made by me are just that. Not of the Fire dept or Ambulance squad I am on.

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                • #9
                  Our alert system is all VHF radio, each station in the county has a set of tones, and our radios and pagers have those tones set into them. We really don't have anything special at the station except for a base radio, you just have to keep yours on and listen. We currently have a mix of radios, most have the HT1000, a few have HT1250, a few have HT750, and there is even a couple of MT1000 out. I've got an HT1000, and a Minitor (the original) pager, there's 3 of them still in service as far as I know. Were looking to get a few Mintor II's and maybe a few Keynotes used from other departments pretty soon.

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                  • #10
                    cfr3504, our tones and minitor paging system is set up just as yours. each company has their own paging tones and in station klaxon alerting tones in addition to our new alpha-numeric paging system which some members use as optional
                    James Ulrich, EMT-B - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services
                    Deputy Chief - Hagerstown Fire Department Explorer Post 321

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nsfdjr:
                      In my dept, we also have an overhead paging system so when our tones go off, a bell in the lounge hits, the speakers get loud, while in monitor mode the volume is adjustable, but when the tones hit, the volume hits a set level
                      Do you know the technical details of how this system is set up? What sets the bell off, raises the volume, etc. Just curious how this works. Thanks.
                      FTM-PTB-DTRT

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                      • #12
                        WTFD,
                        They may have a minitor II or III pager with an amplification system hooked up to it. The pagers can be set for the tones to go off at max volume and then monitor at user setable level
                        HELL YEAH!!!
                        The comments made by me are just that. Not of the Fire dept or Ambulance squad I am on.

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                        • #13
                          WTFDFF10 and EFDems841,

                          my station uses the same system for in station alerting system using the speakers as nsfdjr posted. i know that our system is not used by minitors with amplifiers... i'm not sure exactly how it works, but for our 2 plectrons, 1 is set for alert speakers and 1 is set for alert lighting. the alert speaker recognizes the tone that is used to set off our company pagers, and the speakers get loud and "open up" as we call it.. to override all other noise. it is helpful especially in the middle of the night if you dont have the volume turned up to monitor channel 1. the klaxon will go off, the lights come on, and the speakers get loud... then the call is dispatched... it is a very intricate and well laid out design used in our station and a few of the other fortunate stations in the county.
                          James Ulrich, EMT-B - Smithsburg Emergency Medical Services
                          Deputy Chief - Hagerstown Fire Department Explorer Post 321

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by EMT79JFU:
                            i'm not sure exactly how it works, but for our 2 plectrons, 1 is set for alert speakers and 1 is set for alert lighting.
                            Ahh Plectrons, which I've heard they don't make anymore

                            Anybody know what they're asking for those Veetronix recievers advertised in the back of Firehouse magazine? I couldn't find prices on their website.
                            FTM-PTB-DTRT

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                            • #15
                              In my dept all the ff's have minitor 2's and the officer's have minitor 3's. We have a siren but we dont use it for runs. It sounds at noon every day and during curtain events.
                              "I truly believe that tradition is important to the long-term survival of the fire service."-Lt. Andrew Fredricks, FDNY,9-11-01

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