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« on: November 09, 2008, 10:25:27 PM »

I want to take a minute to Thank Mike Pence for putting this list together for us, Mike is a great asset to PFN and we appreciate all his help. 

Steve Skipton, one of the webmasters of phillyfirenews.com, has asked me to prepare a guide
to the new live audio Philadelphia Fire Radio feed on phillyfirenews.om. This guide is
intended to familiarize newcomers to Philadelphia Fire Radio with the Philadelphia Fire
Department, and in, particular to its radio system and dispatching policies. The ultimate goal
is to help the new listener to better understand what he his hearing. I’m a delighted to fulfill this
request. Any corrections, additions, or suggestions for improvement, should be directed to me at
pencemike@aol.com


I. Organization of Philadelphia Fire Department
As of November 2008, the Philadelphia Fire Department consists of:
61 Engine Companies
29 Ladder Companies
50 Medic Units
1 Heavy Duty Rescue Squad
1 Hazardous Materials Unit
2 Marine Units
1 Boston Whaler
1 Air Unit/Light Wagon
1 Air Unit
2 Grass Fire Fighters
1 Mass Casualty Unit
1 Building Collapse Unit
1 Mobile Communications Unit


The city of Philadelphia is divided into two geographical fire fighting divisions and each
division is commanded by a Deputy Fire Chief (radio designations “Deputy 1" and
“Deputy 2." Division 1 is geographically subdivided into five firefighting battalions and
Division 2 is comprised of six firefighting battalions.
The overall organization is given by:
Division 1 @ Eng.47
1st Battalion (@ Eng.1)
Eng 1, 10, 24(D), 49(P), 53, 60(F)
Lad 5(LT), 11, 19, 27
Medic 11, 14B, 27, 35, 37, 43B
Haz Mat 1
Chemical 1

3rd Battalion (@ Eng.27)
Eng 13, 27, 29, 34(P), 45
Lad 1, 14
Medic 13, 15, 25, 36
Rescue 1
Collapse Unit 1
Air Unit 1
4th Battalion (@ Eng. 8 )

Eng 3(P), 8(Q), 11, 20(P), 43(Q)
Lad 2(S), 9, 23
Medic 1, 7, 21, 44B
Marine Unit 1
Field Com 1

7th Battalion (@ Eng.68)
Eng 40(P), 47(Sqd), 57(Q), 68, 69(Qnt), 78(PIA)
Lad 4, 13
Medic 3, 9B, 19, 30, 40, 50B
Marine Unit 2
GF 1

11th Battalion (@ Eng.5)
Eng 5 (P), 16(RP), 41(D), 44, 54
Lad 6, 24
Medic 23, 26, 34, 41B

Division 2 @ Eng. 70
2nd Battalion (@ Eng.51)
Eng 51, 61(P), 63, 64, 72(Sqd), 73
Lad 29
Medic 18, 24, 29, 33
ES 10

8th Battalion (@ Eng. 50)
Eng 2, 50(P), 55(Q), 59(D)
Lad 3, 12, 18, 22
Medic 4B, 22, 31, 39

9th Battalion (@ Eng.19)
Eng 9(Q), 12, 19(P), 35, 37, 39, 66
Lad 8, 21, 25, 30
Medic 5, 10, 16, 28, 46B

10th Battalion (@ Eng.7)
Eng 6(P), 7, 14(D), 25, 28(P), 33(F)
Lad 10, 15, 16
Medic 2, 8B, 45B
Air Unit 2
Foam Tender 1

12th Battalion (@ Eng.71)
Eng 36, 38(Q), 52(P), 56, 70, 71
Lad 20, 28(LT)
Medic 12, 17, 32, 42B, 47B, 48B
GF 3
Marine 38A

13th Battalion (@ Eng.46)
Eng 18(F), 22, 46, 58, 62(P)
Lad 31, 34
Medic 6, 20, 38, 49B

(P): Pipeline Engine Co., 1500' 5" (LD) Hose
(D): Deluge Engine Co., 4" Monitor
(Q): Squirt Engine Co.
(F): Foam Engine Co.
(RP): Rescue Pumper
(PIA): Philadelphia International Airport
(Qnt): Quint Engine Co.
(Sqd): Squad Engine Co.
(S): Snorkel Ladder Co.
(LT): Tower Ladder Co.
(B) Basic Life Support Medic Unit


The fire station locations are given by:
Engine 1 - 711 S. Broad Street
Ladder Tower 5
Medic 35
Battalion 1
Engine 2 - 2426 N. 2nd Streets
Ladder 3
Medic 31
Pipeline 3 - Washington & Moyamensing Avenues
Pipeline 5 - 43rd & Market Streets
Ladder 6
Battalion 11
Pipeline 6 - Belgrade & Huntingdon Streets
Ladder 16
Air Unit 2
Engine 7 - Kensington & Castor Avenues
Ladder 10
Medic 2
Battalion 10
Squrt 8 - 4th & Arch Streets
Snorkel 2
Battalion 4
Medic 44B
Field Comm 1
Squrt 9 - Germantown Avenue & Carpenter Lane
Ladder 21
Medic 10
Engine 10 - 12th & Reed Streets
Ladder 11
Medic 27
Engine 11 - 6th & South Street
Medic 21
Engine 12 - 4445 Main Street
Medic 46B
Engine 13 - 1541 Parrish Street
Ladder 1
Air Unit 1
Engine (Deluge) 14 - Foulkrod & Darrah Streets
Ladder 15
Engine 16 - Belmont Avenue & Viola Street
Medic 26
Engine (Foam) 18 - 8205 Roosevelt Boulevard
Medic 38
Pipeline 19 - Chelten Avenue & Baynton Street
Ladder 8
Medic 28
Battalion 9
Pipeline 20 - 10th & Cherry Streets
Ladder 23
Medic 1
Engine 22 - Comly & Academy Roads
Ladder 31
Medic 20
Engine (Deluge) 24 - 20th & Federal Streets
Medic 14B
Engine 25 - Boudinot Street & Hart Lane
Medic 8B
Engine 27 - 19th & Oxford Streets
Medic 13
Battalion 3
Pipeline 28 - Belgrade & Ontario Streets
Medic 45B
Engine 29 - 4th Street & Girard Avenue
Medic 15
Rescue 1
Collapse Unit 1
Engine (Foam) 33 - Richmond & Kirkbride Streets
Foam Tender 1
Pipeline 34 - 28th & Thompson Streets
Medic 36
Engine 35 - Ridge & Midvale Avenues
Ladder 25
Medic 16
Engine 36 - 7818 Frankford Avenue
Ladder 20
Medic 17
Engine 37 - Highland Avenue & Shawnee Street
Squrt 38 - State Road. & Longshore Avenue
Medic 47B
GF-3
Marine 46A
Engine 39 - Ridge Avenue & Cinnaminson Street
Ladder 30
Medic 5
Pipeline 40 - 65th Street & Woodland Avenue
Ladder 4
Medic 19
Engine 41 (Deluge) - 61st & Thompson Streets
Ladder 24
Medic 23
Squrt 43 - 2110 Market Street
Ladder 9
Medic 7
Engine 44 - 3420 Haverford Avenue
Medic 34
Engine 45 - 26th & York Streets
Ladder 14
Medic 25
Engine 46 - Frankford & Linden Avenues
Medic 49B
Battalion 13
Engine 47 (Squad) - 3031 Grays Ferry Avenue
Medic 40
Deputy 1
Pipeline 49 - 13th & Shunk Streets
Medic 11
Chemical 1
Pipeline 50 - Park Avenue & Cambria Street
Ladder 12
Medic 22
Battalion 8
Engine 51 - 5931 Old York Road
Ladder 29
Medic 18
Battalion 2
Pipeline 52 - Jackson & Vankirk Streets
Medic 32
Engine 53 - 4th Street & Snyder Avenue
Ladder 27
Medic 43B
Engine 54 - 63rd Street & Lancaster Avenue
Medic 41B
Engine (Squrt) 55 - Front & Luzerne Streets
Ladder 22
Medic 39
Engine 56 - Rhawn Street & Verree Road
Medic 48B
Squrt 57 - 56th & Chestnut Streets
Medic 9B
Engine 58 - Bustleton Avenue & Hendrix Street
Engine (Deluge) 59 - Hunting Park Avenue & Schuyler Street
Ladder 18
Medic 4B
Engine (Foam) 60 - 24th & Ritner Streets
Ladder 19
Medic 37
HazMat 1
Pipeline 61 - Rising Sun & Somerville Avenues
Medic 29
Pipeline 62 - Bustleton Avenue & Bowler Street
Ladder 34
Medic 6
Engine 63 - 12th Street & Oak Lane Avenue
Engine 64 - Rising Sun Avenue & Benner Street
Engine 66 - Ridge & Shawmont Avenues
Engine 68 - 52nd Street & Willows Avenue
Ladder 13
Medic 3
Battalion 7
Quint 69 - 82nd Street & Bartram Avenue.
Medic 50B
Engine 70 - Foulkrod & Langdon Streets
Medic 42B
Deputy 2
Engine 71 - Cottman & Loretto Avenues
Ladder Tower 28
Medic 12
Battalion 12
Engine (Squad) 72 - 1127 W. Louden Street
Medic 24
Engine 73 - 76th & Ogontz Avenue
Medic 33
Engine 78 - Philadelphia International Airport
Medic 30


II. Fire Communications
A. All civilian reports of fire and requests for emergency medical assistance are made using
the City of Philadelphia’s 911 Emergency System. These calls are initially received by
the Police Communications Center and are redirected to the Fire Communications
Center (FCC) located in the Fire Administration Building at 240 Spring Garden Street.
B. Within the FCC the calls are routed to call takers according to whether request is to
report a fire or other emergency or to request emergency medical assistance. In both
cases, the requisite information is entered into the Department’s Computer Aided
Dispatch (CAD) system and the information is subsequently routed to one of four radio
consoles and to printers in the fire stations of the companies affected by the impending
fire radio dispatch.
C. The four radio consoles are: 1) South Fire Band, 2) North Fire Band, 3) South Medic
Band, and 4) North Medic Band. When a call is directed to one of the radio consoles, the
console dispatcher receives the information obtained by the call taker and the CAD’s
recommended dispatch. Upon receiving and reviewing this information, the dispatcher
transmits the assignment over the appropriate radio band(s).
D. Officer-to-Officer, Officer-to-Company, and Company-to-Company firegrounds
communications is carried out over six radio channels allocated for this purpose:
South Tac 1, South Tac 2, South Tac 3, North Tac 1, North Tac 2, and North Tac 3.
These channels are encrypted and cannot be monitored by non-Fire Department
personnel. These frequencies have city-wide coverage.
E. The South Analog and North Analog radio channels are low-powered frequencies which
also permit intra-departmental communications on the firegrounds. Because these are
low-powered, the geographic reach of these channels is limited. Typically, these channels
are utilized after a fire has been declared under control but prolonged fireground
operations require on-going communications among fire officers and companies. The use
of these channels allows the release of the “Tac” fireground channels.
F. At the time of dispatch for structural fires and other multi-company emergency responses,
the fire radio dispatcher assigns the responding companies to a specific fire band (North or
South fire) and to one of the fireground “Tac” channels. When a fire goes to three alarms
(or greater), all companies, city wide, not assigned to the fire will operate on the fire radio
band (north or south) not being utilized by the companies on the extra alarm fire.

III. Response Procedures (Typical)
A. For non-structural, outdoor fires (rubbish, grass, vehicles, electrical wires, etc),
automatic fire alarm systems, and potentially limited fires within structures (electrical
wiring, appliances, etc), the typical response is a single engine company, or an engine
and ladder company in the event that the nearest engine company is unavailable for the
response.
B. For residential heating systems, the response is an engine and ladder company.
C. For fires reported in single family residential properties, the response is a “Tactical Box
Assignment,” which consists of two engine companies, two ladder companies, and one
battalion chief.
If both engines and both ladder companies are engaged in the fire fighting operation,
(e.g., “2 & 2 in service”), then a third ladder company (as the Rapid Intervention Team),
a medical unit, and either a squad engine company (Squad 47 or Squad 72) or the heavy
duty rescue squad (Rescue 1) are dispatched.
D. For fires reported in either multi-family structures or non-residential structures, the
response is a “Box” or first alarm, assignment consisting of four engine companies, two
ladder companies, and two battalion chiefs.
As above, if the first two engine and two ladder companies are placed in service, then the
RIT ladder company, medical unit, and squad or heavy rescue company are added to the
response. If all four engine companies and both ladder companies are utilized (a
“working box,” or an “all hands box”), then the deputy fire chief is also dispatched.
E. Extra Alarm Assignments -
2nd Alarm: 5 Engine Companies, 2 Ladder Companies, 4 Battalion Chiefs
3rd Alarm: 4 Engine Companies, 1 Ladder Company
4th Alarm (and greater): 4 Engine Companies
F. Cover-up Companies
When companies are in service for extended periods of time, the Fire Communications
Center will move companies into the vacated fire stations in order to ensure coverage in
all areas of the City at all times.
Upon arrival in the territory of the fire company to be covered, the covering company will
adopt a radio designation combining the company numbers of both companies.
Thus, if Engine 35 is dispatched to cover Engine 16's station, the resulting radio
designation is “Engine 35 dash 16."
If a special engine company (pipeline, squirt, etc) covers a conventional engine company,
for example, Squrt 43 covers Engine 16, then the designation becomes “Squirt 43 dash
16.”
For second and greater alarm fires, the cars of the second battalion chief on the first alarm
and the two fire fighting chiefs on the second alarm are restored with fire company
captains who are qualified to act as battalion chiefs. The FCC will direct the battalion
chiefs’ aides to a specific fire company to pick up the fire captain. Upon picking up the
captain, the battalion chief designation has the numbers “01" appended to it. Thus, if
Battalion Chief 7's aide is directed to pick up the captain of Engine 54 to restore the 7th
Battalion, then the radio designation becomes “Battalion 701.” In the event that Battalion
701 would need to be restored, then the resulting designation becomes “Battalion 702,”
etc.
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« Reply #1 on: November 09, 2008, 10:44:28 PM »

This all will be added to the site shortly as soon as the new Homepage is finished being worked on and launched.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2008, 11:03:12 PM »

OUTSTANDING!  Thanks
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« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2008, 11:09:07 PM »

mike incredible job thank you so much.
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2008, 08:21:51 AM »

Was the Mass Casualty unit delivered yet? Also, I thought there was 2 on order.


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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2008, 08:24:05 AM »

Nice work!!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2008, 09:03:23 AM »

Very informative.  Thanks.  However, I do have one question; Listening to EMS dispatches, I hear a call for a "Code Blue."  I assume that this is a call for a cardiac arrest?
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« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2008, 09:12:09 AM »

Very informative.  Thanks.  However, I do have one question; Listening to EMS dispatches, I hear a call for a "Code Blue."  I assume that this is a call for a cardiac arrest?

That's correct...
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« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2008, 10:17:01 AM »

Brian, 

The mass Casualty unit has not been delivered to the City as of today, there are a total of 13 GMC/Seagrave POD units being delivered to the area, I have a few shots, they do not meet my standard for posting on the main page I will get better photos and post them when the truck is done for the City and the other County units are complete.

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« Reply #9 on: November 10, 2008, 10:25:30 AM »

Very informative.  Thanks.  However, I do have one question; Listening to EMS dispatches, I hear a call for a "Code Blue."  I assume that this is a call for a cardiac arrest?

That's correct...
Thank you Squad 47
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« Reply #10 on: November 10, 2008, 12:01:10 PM »

This is amazing. Mike Pence, you are MVP of the forum.
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« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2008, 12:58:19 PM »

Steve, has Eng. 35 and Ladder 25 always been the 9th Btn.?
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« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2008, 01:05:51 PM »

No, it was in the 8th, it changed when the 8th picked up E-2. Not sure when, maybe in 1996 or 1997 Huh
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« Reply #13 on: November 10, 2008, 01:09:49 PM »

I thought so. Thanks Squad.
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« Reply #14 on: November 10, 2008, 01:32:58 PM »

ALL HANDS BOX, RESCUE 1 IS DISPATCHED CITY WIDE.
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