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 Columbia County Public Safety

Police, Fire and EMS including Columbia County Dispatch and Fireground Operations; PSP Bloomsburg; Bloomsburg University PD. See feed information page for details.
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Feed Notes


What makes this feed better?

  • Alpha tags are available to help identify what you're listening to. You must use a player capable of decoding and displaying the alpha tags, such as Scanner Radio (Android/iOS), Winamp (Windows), or iTunes (Windows/OS X).
  • An outdoor antenna is used to improve reception. Many of the county frequencies are not repeated, which makes them more difficult to receive. This feed is able to receive mobile radios from beyond the Luzerne County line to nearly the Montour County line along Route 11 and the Susquehanna.
  • Fire dispatch priority. If there is a fire dispatch toned out it will interrupt all other radio traffic. When this occurs you will hear a short alert tone to notify you that priority traffic will follow.
  • No activity, no sound. A high-quality audio interface is used to capture scanner audio, preventing background noise that is constantly present on most scanner feeds.
  • Scanner audio is processed to improve speech clarity and normalize volume levels. Frequencies outside of the human vocal range are also removed, to further reduce background noise.

Important: You may notice some distortion when listening to this feed at maximum volume on a phone or tablet. Reduce the volume level slightly and the distortion will go away.

Related Information

Brevity ("10-") Codes Police Identifiers Fire/EMS Identifiers

Known Issues

  • RESOLVED: Alpha tags do not update or updates are delayed by several seconds
  • RESOLVED: Intermodulation causing occasional interference
  • RESOLVED: Scanner Radio on Android occasionally repeats one second of audio when alpha tags are present on a feed (fixed in

Notice a problem not listed here? Let me know!

Changelog and News

  • Enabled fire dispatch priority. If there is a fire dispatch toned out it will interrupt all other radio traffic. When this occurs you will hear a short alert tone to notify you that priority traffic will follow.
  • Resolved audio issues
  • Re-added tone squelch to the following, to avoid interference:
    • Bloomsburg University PD Simplex
    • Scott Township
  • Removed System / Department from alpha tags to reduce the chance of triggering the Scanner Radio repeating audio bug
  • Removed "Mobile Ops 5" due to interference from an unknown system
  • Re-added tone squelch to the following, to avoid interference:
    • Briar Creek Township (interference source: Lackawanna County - Dunmore Borough PD)
    • County EMA (interference source: multi-county TRBO TRS)
    • North Centre Township (interference source: Lackawanna County Zone 2 PD)
  • Broadcastify updated metadata interval system-wide for more frequent alpha tag updates
  • Removed tone squelch from all frequencies to avoid missing the beginning of some transmissions
  • Installed notch filters at 152.5MHz and 162.5MHz to eliminate intermodulation
  • Removed STARnet Interop channels on 851.4375, since they seem to be used primarily by PennDOT
  • Switched feed to Uniden BCD536HP
  • Added the following frequencies, to evaluate reception and usefulness: 
    • BUPD Simplex (155.0400)
    • Bloomsburg Fire Police (154.1750)
    • Bloomsburg Fire Ops (154.2050)
    • Espy FD (153.8450)
    • Lime Ridge FD (159.0225)
    • North Centre Township (154.8150)
    • Scott Township (155.1000)
    • South Centre Township (155.8350)
  • Installed new antenna to improve reception of Bloomsburg PD and mobile/portable units

Frequency Listing

All frequencies marked with an asterisk have mobile/portable radios in use without a repeater. Reception of mobile/portable radios will be limited to units transmitting in the Berwick-Bloomsburg area (due to low transmission power, terrain, and other factors).

Columbia County


P1 - County 154.8900
P2 - Regional 155.4900*
P4 - National 155.4750*
Berwick PD 159.1800
Bloomsburg PD 155.5500


County Fire 1 156.0200
County EMS 151.3600*
County Ops 1 151.4225*
County Ops 2 159.3000*
Berwick FD 156.0675*
Bloomsburg Fire Police 154.1750*
Bloomsburg Fire Ops 154.2050*
Espy FD 153.8450*
Lime Ridge FD 159.0225*
Mobile Ops 1 156.1500*
Mobile Ops 2 158.9100*
Mobile Ops 3 151.1375*
Mobile Ops 4 154.4525*

Mobile Ops 5, 6, and 7 excluded due to interference from other radio systems.


P5 - County EMA 154.0550*
County EMA 451.7000*

Local Services

Berwick Borough 152.8775*
Briar Creek Township 159.0900*
North Centre Township 154.8150*
Scott Township 155.1000*
South Centre Township 155.8350*

Bloomsburg University


BUPD 155.8800
BUPD Simplex 155.0400*




Backup Radio System

PSP Bloomsburg Base 155.6700
PSP Bloomsburg Mobile 155.9100*

Technical Details

Feed is captured from a Uniden BCD536HP on a Mac Mini. The captured audio is equalized and the dynamics are processed prior to streaming for improved sound quality.

Scanner antenna is a DPD OmniX installed at 35 feet, fed by 60 feet of LMR-400. Two PAR notch filters (at 152.5MHz and 162.5MHz) are used to eliminate front-end overload due to local paging and NOAA transmitters. Confirmed mobile radio coverage range of at least 13 miles (from south-west Berwick).

Alpha tags are provided to more easily identify what is being heard. A custom perl script is used to read tags from the scanner via RS-232. Tag information is read from the scanner twice per second and sent to Broadcastify immediately as changes occur.

All equipment involved in providing this feed is connected to an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) to maintain power for approximately 45 minutes following a utility power failure. During a power outage the feed's alpha tags will display "POWER FAIL" along with the remaining battery runtime.