Dispatch and Response Procedure
When there is a reported emergency the call is received by the central dispatch division, which is located at Station 1 (HQ). Fire calls are transferred to the proper companies and the dispatcher sends the alarm to the companies over a paging system on the main fire dispatch frequency. Information included usually consists of the company or companies that the alarm is for, address, any other additional info, and the time of the alert.
When fire units call in route, dispatch acknowledges and records the time. While in route dispatch will provide any other info received.
Fire units will then arrive on scene and access the situation and advise dispatch of the situation. At this point the commander on scene will either handle the call, cancel additional apparatus responding, or request additional units to respond. The units on scene will then be assigned a Tactical Channel (TAC) for operations..
First Alarm: Possible Building Fire: 1 Engine, 1 Truck
Box Alarm (Confirmed Fire): 2 Engines, 1 Squad, 1 Truck, 1 Battalion Chief
Second Alarm: 3 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Rescue, 1 Squad Engine, 1 Battalion Chief
Third Alarm: 4 Engines, 2 Trucks, 1 Rescue, 1 Squad Engine, 1 Battalion Chief, Mutual Aid: 1 Engine, 1 ladder
Fourth Alarm: 5 Engines, 3 Trucks, 1 Rescue, 1 Squad Engine, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Tour Commander, Department Chief, all off duty personnel on call-back, Mutual Aid: 2 Engines, 2 Ladders, 1 Rescue
Fifth Alarm: 5 Engines, 3 Trucks, 1 Rescue, 1 Squad Engine, 1 Battalion Chief, 1 Tour Commander, Department Chief, all off duty personnel on call-back, Mutual Aid: 3 Engines, 2 Ladders, 1 Rescue, 1 special service truck
High Rise Building Fire
- Equivalent of a third alarm.
- Additional alarms follow standard response structure
Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA)
MVA w/ injuries or fluid clean up: 1 engine
MVA with entrapment: 1 rescue, 1 engine, 1 battalion chief
- 1 engine
- 1 company
- 1 engine, 1 ladder, 1 squad engine or rescue, 1 battalion chief
- 1 engine, 1 rescue, 1 boat, 1 battalion chief
CO Alarm or Odor of Gas
- 1 engine or 1 truck
- 1 company
Hazardous Materials Incidents
- Level 1: 1 engine, 1 ladder, 1 battalion chief
- Level 2: 2 engines, 1 ladder, 1 battalion chief, 1 rescue
- Level 3: 3 Engines, 1 ladder, 1 battalion chief, 1 rescue, haz-mat trailer