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Old 09-19-2012, 4:11 PM
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Here are two that come to mind, first one from the east coast, 2nd from the west coast.

1-At a working fire in South Boston, MANY years ago,
"Car 7 to Fire Alarm, send the Rescue over here, we've got a human hippopotamus on the 2nd floor."

2-In a county near Portland, OR an engine arriving at an accident scene reported,
"We've got a one car accident, greasy side up."
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Old 09-20-2012, 9:20 AM
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Officer 1: Do you want a burger
Officer 2: Only if you do
Officer 1: Well....I don't wanna go get one unless you want one
Officer 2: I'm tellin ya' I don't want one unless you do
Officer 1: Then lets get Chinese
Officer 2: But I want a burger
Officer 3: Hey guys, why don't one of you get a burger and the other chinese
Officer 2: Oh yeah I didn't think about that
Officer 1: Me either
Dispatcher: I'll buy em if you'll stop talking.
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Old 09-22-2012, 6:05 PM
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Default Life Flight

Heard this a few mins ago.

Life Flight 4: Is Dr.******** there?
Geisinger: Yes they are.:
Life Flight: Good we hope they have desert for us like they promised.
Geisinger: They better share with us too
Life Flight 4: Ok see you in 5
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Old 09-22-2012, 6:17 PM
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Officer: "This female seems to be on some sort of substance, even though she denies taking anything. Can you send EMS to get her checked out?"
Dispatch: "Ok, I'll get them rolling. Can I tell them she's conscious and alert?"
Officer: "Conscious, yes. Alert, not so much."
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:32 AM
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Morbid..but..
At a Commuter Train Vs. Ped...

Disp - XX02 wagon is available.
PO - we dont do that.
Disp - what?
PO - we dont pick up pieces,the M.E. dose that..
Disp - Received...
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Start them in...
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:51 AM
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Not long ago...Dispatcher and Volunteer Department (Jumpy, excitable volunteer....)

Vol: County, we got a fire at Jim's Aunt's house.
Disp: You are going to have to give me better information
Vol: You know, our chief Jim...his Aunts house is on fire.
Disp: I got that part...where is Jim's Aunt's house? Is that in your Village?
Vol: Yeah
Disp: Can you give me an address?
Vol: 429, I think
Disp: 429 What? Where are you?
Vol: On North Main Street.
Disp: Sir....Main street runs East and West in your village....where do you want your department to respond to?
Vol: We'll go with East.
Disp: OK.....(tones go out)
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Old 09-26-2012, 3:56 PM
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Not long ago...Dispatcher and Volunteer Department (Jumpy, excitable volunteer....)

Vol: County, we got a fire at Jim's Aunt's house.
Disp: You are going to have to give me better information
Vol: You know, our chief Jim...his Aunts house is on fire.
Disp: I got that part...where is Jim's Aunt's house? Is that in your Village?
Vol: Yeah
Disp: Can you give me an address?
Vol: 429, I think
Disp: 429 What? Where are you?
Vol: On North Main Street.
Disp: Sir....Main street runs East and West in your village....where do you want your department to respond to?
Vol: We'll go with East.
Disp: OK.....(tones go out)
Very scary! I hope they got there in time!
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Old 09-26-2012, 9:27 PM
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Default Blue Angels story

So about 20 years ago a buddy and I planned to go and check out the Blue Angels air show at the Schenectady County Airport in Schenectady NY. I had time to plan ahead, and remembered MT had recently (at the time) published an article with the BA frequencies. I programmed up an extra bank or two in my PRO-2005 (which is still sitting next to me) and we headed out. We had a great spot across the street from the airport. The 2005 was running via the cigar lighter in the car and was plenty loud enough for us and everyone around to hear. It made the show that much more interesting since we could hear the pilots talking and setting up for their stunts. Shortly into the show, after a stunt that involved a lot of upside down and diving, one of the pilots came on and something to the effect of this was heard:

P1: P1 to leader
Leader: P1 go
P1: There is something bouncing around my cockpit and I have no idea what the heck it is.

Everyone standing around us looked at us - as if just because we had the radio we knew something they didn't. It was one of those moments where you caught something unexpected that you'll never forget. Probably my best scanner moment ever. As for the show, everything continued on without a hitch. I still wonder what was rattling around in that plane when I think about it!
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How to tell you live in a small town.
Heard this one night, we have 2 officers on duty at all times, only restaurant is a BBQ joint.

Officer 1 - XXX, whats your location?
Officer 2 - I am at home eating supper.
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Old 09-27-2012, 6:18 AM
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Not long ago...Dispatcher and Volunteer Department (Jumpy, excitable volunteer....)

Vol: County, we got a fire at Jim's Aunt's house.
Disp: You are going to have to give me better information
Vol: You know, our chief Jim...his Aunts house is on fire.
Disp: I got that part...where is Jim's Aunt's house? Is that in your Village?
Vol: Yeah
Disp: Can you give me an address?
Vol: 429, I think
Disp: 429 What? Where are you?
Vol: On North Main Street.
Disp: Sir....Main street runs East and West in your village....where do you want your department to respond to?
Vol: We'll go with East.
Disp: OK.....(tones go out)
I've heard stuff similar to that before...like the time an EMS worker wanted an ambulance at the EMS base (apparently they were all out of trucks there) and didn't know the address!!! Shockingly, the dispatcher didn't know it either. The EMT went and looked it up in the phone book...
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Old 09-27-2012, 9:33 AM
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I heard this today...

Radio Shop: Dispatch, how do copy this radio?
Disp: Sounds good, no hum or static now...is that car 72?
Radio Shop: Yep, 72. I fixed it.
Disp: Copy loud and clear, no noise now.
Radio Shop: That's because I do good work.

I don't doubt he did good work...but just the way it was said, I about wrecked laughing.
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About two weeks ago I heard a pd unit get dispatched to a local Mc Donald's because the manager wanted them (pd) to fix his flag on the flag pole.

Needless to say the unit told county to call the manager back and tell him to fix his own flag. Then all the peanut gallery keyed up with their comments.





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here in my city a rescue call comes in saying a male was stuck on a roof. the dispatcher asked how he got up there? he replied he didn't know. that the last. thing he remembers he was in bed.
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Years ago I worked in a radio shop in Tonawanda, NY. One of our bench techs was working late one evening on some PD portables. Being a young guy and all alone in the shop, he had the local rock station playing while he worked, and there he was singing away at the top of his lungs while testing a transmitter.. Unfortunately, what he didn't realize was, the PD repeater was only a couple miles away from our shop and keying it up on a dummy load was the easiest thing in the world. So, after a rousing rendition of "Roxanne" over the PD channel, the repeater drops. It keys up and all you hear is, "Radio shop....call communications."

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Old 09-27-2012, 12:56 PM
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Years ago I worked in a radio shop in Tonawanda, NY. One of our bench techs was working late one evening on some PD portables. Being a young guy and all alone in the shop, he had the local rock station playing while he worked, and there he was singing away at the top of his lungs while testing a transmitter.. Unfortunately, what he didn't realize was, the PD repeater was only a couple miles away from our shop and keying it up on a dummy load was the easiest thing in the world. So, after a rousing rendition of "Roxanne" over the PD channel, the repeater drops. It keys up and all you hear is, "Radio shop....call communications."

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This just happened today about two hours ago and it's more of an odd thing then something funny. At least to me it's not funny. I have the scanner on but I'm so involved working on something on my computer that I'm barely hearing the scanner. Then out of nowhere I hear an officer run my license plate. I hear this but it doesn't register. I'm so involved with what I'm working on that I know that I just heard my license plate but I don't associate it with the scanner. Until I hear the dispatcher come back with my full name and address and tells the officer that their are "no flags" on the vehicle. Then the officer seems to dismiss the whole thing and tells the dispatcher he doesn't need a copy of this.

Now they've got my full attention but it's already over with. From my desk I have a clear view of my car in the driveway and the street in front of the house. It's been a quiet afternoon and I haven't seen a car, much less a police car, in at least 20 minutes. I go out to my car and check to see if my plates are still on the car and they are.

So I have no idea why someone was running my plates, but I'm imagining all sorts of scenarios.
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I heard a couple of mildly funny/weird ones last week:

Standing in the kitchen doing dishes, scanner less than 5 feet away:
"Station xx ambulance emergency, (Address) for a uh, foot detachment."

Then just a few days ago there was a dispatcher trying to clear an open mike, I was doing something else when I heard the mike open, dead silence for say, 30 seconds, and I'm thinking, hello???
Finally the dispatcher broke in and says "Micu xxx, check for an open mike."
She had to repeat herself again, and finally someone laughs into the mike and goes "Okay, sorry."
Less than 10 seconds later someone comes back, "Micu xxx you requested a check for an open mike?"
Dispatcher: "The person responsible has already responded."

Last night, I was actually sitting here on these forums, and the dispatcher was trying to get someone to check out an automatic fire alarm at a local hospital, when the person(s) responding asked her to repeat the location, she replied, confused: "Area 5, but I have no idea where that is."


I never understood the "check for an open mic" . Obviously the person with the radio in transmit is not going to hear someone calling them ...
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Just heard on the State Patrol freq

Radio keys up (music playing):
"It's Raining Men! Hallelujah! It's Raining Men! Amen!"
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Old 09-27-2012, 7:34 PM
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I never understood the "check for an open mic" . Obviously the person with the radio in transmit is not going to hear someone calling them ...
Not with the radio that has the open mic, but perhaps with their other radio. Often officers have both a car and portable radio. If they're sitting on the car radio's mic they may hear the call on their portable.
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Old 09-28-2012, 4:17 AM
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Default Tulsa Police - An Owl

Heard the Tulsa Police dispatch the following call:

'Adam 302 and a backer, Adam 202 and a car to back...a woman has called
in requesting that we help her catch an owl in her backyard. It's 2130hrs.'


I was thinking to myself...you got to be kidding me,...... I wonder what the officer (s) LOL
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