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Local Information

Two-way radio systems can be a simple base station
to a interlocking system of multi-frequency, simulcast repeaters, such
as the one used in Santa Barbara County, to the complex 700, 800 and 900
MHz. trunking systems of major metropolitan public safety agencies.

Telephone operators receive 911 calls that are displayed on a screen that
indicates the number and address of the person calling. Some computer
aided dispatch systems produce a map indicating where the location is.
Many departments have CAD systems that automatically give the unit assignments
to the dispatcher. Some large municipal agencies utilize fully automated
dispatching, including automated voice dispatches on the radio.

Common Local Radio Codes

Radio codes are not used in day-to-day fire radio traffic.
However, they do slip through. The following are some of the most common
codes:

  • 10-4 Acknowledge
  • 10-6 Busy
  • 10-7 Out of service
  • 10-8 In service
  • 10-10 End of watch
  • 10-20 Your location
  • 10-21 Call me by phone
  • 10-23 Standby
  • 10-33 Emergency
  • 10-97 Arrived on scene
  • 10-98 Cleared scene
  • 11-41 Ambulance required
  • 11-44 Coroner required
  • 11-45 Attempt suicide
  • 11-79 Traffic collision-ambulance
  • 11-82 Traffic collision-no injury
  • 11-83 Traffic collision-no details
  • Code 2 No lights or siren
  • Code 3 Lights and siren
  • Code 4 No further assistance needed
  • Code 7 Out to eat
  • Code 9 Traffic stop
  • Code 10 Warrants check
  • Code 33 Emergency-keep frequency clear
  • 647f Intoxicated person
  • 5150 Mental health patient
  • 23152(A) DUI
  • 23103 Reckless driver
  • 211 Robbery
  • 459 Burglary

Local Units Slang and Terminology

  • 308-Santa Barbara County Fire helicopter-Santa
    Ynez
  • 309-Santa Barbara County Fire helicopter-Santa
    Ynez
  • 35X7-Santa Barbara County Sheriff-mountain
    unit
  • 528-USFS contract helicopter-Santa Ynez
  • Air 30-Santa Barbara Sheriff’s helicopter-Santa
    Ynez
  • Air 70-Local CHP helicopter-Paso Robles
  • Air attack 07-USFS spotter-Santa Barbara Airport
  • Blade 76-USAF helicopter-Vandenberg
  • Copter 7-Ventura County-Oxnard
  • Info 1-Santa Barbara County PIO
  • 5XX-Santa Barbara County Fire Battalion Chiefs
  • 307-Santa Barbara City Fire Brush 7
  • AMR-American Medical Response
  • ARC-American Red Cross
  • ARES-Armature Radio Emergency Services
  • Backfire-To set fire ahead of the main front.
  • Bambi Bucket-Collapsible water bucket used
    by firefighting helicopters
  • BIA-Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Black-In the black or burned area
  • BLM-Bureau of Land Management
  • BO-Badly operating, broken, not working
  • BP-Blood pressure
  • CDF-California Department of Forestry and
    Fire
  • Cell-Cell phone or cell phone cell
  • Chain-Unit of measure. One chain = 66 feet
  • CHP-Highway Patrol
  • Control 30-County Communications
  • CP-Command post
  • Crown fire-Fire in the trees
  • DB-Dead body
  • Direct attack-Attacking directly at the fire
    edge
  • DOA-Dead on arrival
  • Dozer-Bulldozer
  • DUI-Driving while intoxicated
  • ELT-Emergency locating transmitter
  • EMT-Emergency Medical Technician
  • ER-Emergency room
  • ETA-Estimated time of arrival
  • ETOH-Intoxicated
  • Eye-To see or to have an eye on
  • FFT1-Advanced firefighter (NWCG)
  • FFT2-Firefighter
  • Firing out-To burn out an area
  • Flank-A side of a fire
  • Foam-Foam or gel fire retardant
  • Failure to Appear (warrants)
  • Green tag-Minor injury
  • Hand crew-A crew of firefighters for cutting
    line
  • Header-Large column of smoke
  • Indirect attack- Attacking a fire away from
    the main fire
  • IC-Incident commander
  • Initial attack-Actions first taken by first
    on scene
  • Jaws-Jaws of Life-Hydraulic heavy rescue tool
  • Knock down-To reduce the heat or flame
  • Land Line-Telephone
  • LEO’s-USFS Law Enforcement Officers
  • Line-Hose line or electrical wires
  • LP-Los Padres
  • Mop-Up-To make sure the fire is out
  • MOT-Montecito Fire Protection District
  • MT-Medical treatment
  • OES-Office of Emergency Services
  • PDF-Painted Cave VFD
  • Ped-Pedestrian
  • PIO-Public Information Officer
  • PR-Public relations
  • RAWS-Remote Automated Weather Stations
  • Red Flag-Extreme fire danger conditions
  • Red Tag-Serious injury
  • Repeater-A radio that receives one signal
    and retransmits it out on a second frequency
  • RH-Relative humidity
  • Rig-Fire vehicle
  • Roll over-Vehicle that has overturned
  • Running fire-Fire spreading rapidly with a
    well defined head
  • Safety Zone-Safe zone to escape to
  • SBA-Santa Barbara Airport
  • SBC-Santa Barbara County Fire
  • Simplex-Technical term for car-to-car communications
  • SLO-San Luis Obispo County
  • Slope over-Place where fire crosses over the
    fire line
  • SMM-San Marcos Pass VFD
  • SO-Sheriff’s Office or Supervisors Office
    (USFS)
  • Spotting-New fires ahead of the main front
  • SR-State roadway
  • Staging area-Place where equipment responds
    for assignments
  • STB-Santa Barbara City Fire Department
  • Strike Team-A specified team of engines and
    a supervisor
  • TA-Traffic accident
  • TC-Traffic collision
  • Type 1 engine-Structure engine
  • Type 2 engine-Structure engine, less equipment
    and water
  • Type 3 engine-Brush truck
  • Type 1 Helo-Large helicopter
  • Type 2 Helo-Smaller helicopter, less water
    capabilities
  • USFS-United States Forest Service
  • UTL-Unable to locate
  • VIC-Victim
  • Visual-To have in sight
  • Water tender-Vehicle for transporting water
  • Wet Line-A wet line around the fire
  • Wit-Witness
  • Yellow tag-Moderate injury