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Old 05-17-2018, 5:57 PM
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Default Multnomah County Fire Terminology

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When Multnomah County Fire responses to a large fire, I often hear the term "Box" used. What is that referring to? Is it just another word for Alarm?

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From my understanding of a Box alarm is used when they have chance of a working fire and 3 engine companies,2 ladder companies,1 battalion chief are disptached. When they get on scene and having working fire they will go to second alarm or a all hands, which is bring in more firefighters to the scene.
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Old 05-17-2018, 7:38 PM
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The term "box" could also be a "historical" lingo from times gone by. Many cities used to have fire alarm boxes you could pull to indicate a fire. That box would relay to a call center or dispatch center with a box number, then they would dispatch crews to that box.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fire_alarm_call_box

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Additional info to Baker845's, the numbers and letter given following the box assignment is fire map grid
ex. Box 5485A
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