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Boston Dispatching other cities?

#1 Post by W1KNE » 09 Sep 2018 10:33

How long has the automated Boston Fire Dispatch channel (The 453.6500 one) been dispatching engines to other cities for mutual aid?

I just heard dispatches for Wakefield, Lynn, Malden for the worker in Saugus.

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#2 Post by Citywide 173 » 09 Sep 2018 12:41

They aren't dispatching other cities, when fire alarm enters the incident in the CAD for tracking and moves units accordingly, the voice allocution on Channel 5 announces the move. Been going on for a few years at least.

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#3 Post by W1KNE » 09 Sep 2018 13:35

Citywide 173 wrote:
09 Sep 2018 12:41
They aren't dispatching other cities, when fire alarm enters the incident in the CAD for tracking and moves units accordingly, the voice allocution on Channel 5 announces the move. Been going on for a few years at least.
Well I understand they aren't actually dispatching the other cities. What I meant was why it was being dispatched over Channel 5. I never listen to that channel (well I haven't in a long time) but overheard it today at work. Thanks for the explanation.

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#4 Post by garys » 09 Sep 2018 13:51

The system is automated, so the Fire Alarm Operators don't have control over it. You'll also hear things like "Engine 39 cover Engine 39" when the system determines that apparatus should "move" for coverage.

At least that's my understanding of how the system works. Ed no doubt can give a more detailed explanation.
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09 Sep 2018 13:35
Citywide 173 wrote:
09 Sep 2018 12:41
They aren't dispatching other cities, when fire alarm enters the incident in the CAD for tracking and moves units accordingly, the voice allocution on Channel 5 announces the move. Been going on for a few years at least.
Well I understand they aren't actually dispatching the other cities. What I meant was why it was being dispatched over Channel 5. I never listen to that channel (well I haven't in a long time) but overheard it today at work. Thanks for the explanation.

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#5 Post by CW115 » 09 Sep 2018 16:46

W1KNE wrote:
09 Sep 2018 10:33
How long has the automated Boston Fire Dispatch channel (The 453.6500 one) been dispatching engines to other cities for mutual aid?

I just heard dispatches for Wakefield, Lynn, Malden for the worker in Saugus.
I remember first hearing it around the time they started using the artificial voice dispatch so it's not very new.

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#6 Post by W1KNE » 09 Sep 2018 17:04

See this is what I get for not listening to it.

I always got enough relevant information about the dispatches via the main "4" channels that I just ignored it.

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#7 Post by garys » 12 Sep 2018 19:57

I thought of this again just now. The dispatch sent Ladder 4 to cover Engine 14. Ladder 4 and Engine 14 are out of the same station on Dudley St.

It's like in the old days when I was in the Roxbury ALS ambulance. On the night shift there were three ALS units. One downtown, one in Roxbury, and one at the Faulkner Hospital. When the other two ambulances were on calls, the dispatcher would tell us to "centralize". I'd acknowledge that and make sure I was properly centered on the couch. :)
W1KNE wrote:
09 Sep 2018 17:04
See this is what I get for not listening to it.

I always got enough relevant information about the dispatches via the main "4" channels that I just ignored it.

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