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All Seattle Fire Department tactical radio channels

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This feed scans Fire, Rescue, and EMS operations for the Seattle Fire Department.
This feed does not scan the dispatch channel; all active incidents are posted online.

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Scanner Location: Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Scanner Equipment: Uniden BCT15X scanner connected to a Windows server running ProScan

System: King County Emergency Radio Communications System (Motorola Type II SmartZone)
Site: Seattle Simulcast (800 MHz simulcast)

Dispatch for the Seattle Fire Department is the SFD Fire Alarm Center (FAC). The primary public safety answering point (PSAP) for Seattle is the Seattle Community Safety and Communications Center, which forwards 911 calls to the FAC for fire, rescue, and medical incidents.


Note: For privacy, some talkgroups including ambulance-to-hospital channels (Medcom) are intentionally omitted from this radio feed.

TABLE 1 - Radio channels scanned on this feed:

Talkgroup ID Channel # Channel Name
1648 1 Fire/Rescue Operations
1680 2 Fire/Rescue Operations
1712 3 Fire/Rescue Operations
1744 4 Computer-Aided Dispatch (not scanned)
1776 5 Dispatch
1808 6 Medical Operations
2096 7 Medical Operations
2000 8 Medic One Medcom (not scanned)
1968 9 Ambulance Requests
1840 11 Incident Command
1872 12 Incident Command
2512 13 Incident Command
2128 14 Emergency Alerts
1936 15 Rapid Intervention Team (RIT)
1904 16 Mayday Emergency Operations

TABLE 2 - Seattle Fire Department common terminology:

Term What it Means
Code Red Respond with emergency lights & siren. Default response.
Code Yellow Respond without emergency lights & siren. A "code yellow rescue response" is usually an elevator rescue without injury.
Code Green Cancel response and return unit service.
Fire Response Typically an automatic fire alarm or reported small fire.
Full Response Reported structure fire or high-hazard fire. (1st alarm / 111)
Aid Response Basic Life Support (EMT level) medical incident.
Medic Response Advanced Life Support (Paramedic level) medical incident.
Med-6 Response Severe trauma incident, requiring at least six personnel.
Med-7 Response Cardiac arrest incident, requiring at least seven personnel.
211 through 511 X11 indicates the number of alarms, so 511 is a 5-alarm fire. Additional resources are added for each alarm.
MCI Response Multiple Casualty Incident. Involves many patients.
RIT/RIG Rapid Intervention Team. A dedicated engine or ladder company standing by for firefighter rescue.
MDC/MDT Mobile Data Computer/Terminal. This is the computer in every apparatus that displays additional run information.
HMC Harborview Medical Center. The level one trauma center for Washington, located on First Hill.
C&C Request for cops (law enforcement officers) and a coroner for a deceased patient investigation.
FAC The Fire Alarm Center is the dispatch center for the Seattle Fire Department. It is near Fire Station 10 and the Seattle Emergency Operations Center.

Typical Dispatch Order of Events:

  1. Computer-aided dispatch on Channel 4 (not scanned on this feed), along with fire station alert and digital pager alert.
    [12:15 hours: Fire response on channel 2. Engine 18, 9, Ladder 8, Battalion 4. 5427 Russell Avenue Northwest. Cross of Northwest Market Street and 20 Avenue Northwest. Fire response on channel 2. Engine 18, 9, Ladder 8, Battalion 4. 5427 Russell Avenue Northwest. Cross of Northwest Market Street and 20 Avenue Northwest.]
  2. When the first-due unit is responding, the dispatcher addresses the primary first-due unit on the response channel
    [Engine 18: Fire response. 5427 Russell Avenue Northwest.]
  3. The first-due unit acknowledges that they're responding and repeats the address.
    [Engine 18, 5427 Russell Avenue Northwest.]
  4. The dispatcher addresses the first-due units of other unit types. The units acknowledge that they're responding.
    [Ladder 8.], [Ladder 8 OK.], [Battalion 4.], [Battalion 4 OK.]
  5. The dispatcher describes the incident in greater detail (this is known as "the shoot").
    [This is for a report of smoke inside the Hi-Life restaurant, floor 1. Building alarm indicates smoke in room 112.]
  6. Upon arrival, the first-in unit describes conditions, actions, and needs.
    [Engine 18 on-scene. Nothing visible; investigating. Evacuation in progress. Engine 18 is Russell Command.]
  7. The dispatcher acknowledges the update.
    [OK Engine 18. Nothing visible, evacuation in progress. Engine 18 is Russell Command.]

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