What is going on ALCO Tac 11 right now? Sounds like ALCO is assigning vehicles and radios to medics, and then routing them to "posts" then onto a medic call. Is this training or something, or a new medic channel?
Ahh ok answered my own question here...sounds like they are talking about it being a drill...i also heard them testing out a system called "Marvelous" or something similar to that....is that a new system or what?
I heard that as well. Wonder if that training had anything to do with the new paramedic contract that goes into effect soon (next month?). Will ALCO dispatch them? The medics on TAC 11 had four digit calls, and the AMR units use 3 digit. Time will tell.
I did a little research...Paramedics Plus (which was mentioned in the TAC 11 traffic) starts ops Nov 2011. The question I have is will they do their own dispatching, like AMR, or will ALCO? On TAC 11 the training had the dispatcher ID as "Alco" and they had a unique dispatch sequence, complete with "time out" ala LA County Fire.
I was able to confirm with ALCO Fire via Twitter that they will dispatch the paramedics starting in November:
Yes, the Alameda County Regional Communications Cntr (ACRECC) will dispatch for them starting November 1st
Woah new paramedic contract for ALCO? I know I heard of santa clara county getting new contracts with a different company, but I heard nothing about ALCO getting a new contract....when did that happen?
I saw the new ambulances page and just remembered I saw one of those last week near fremont blvd and mowry ave.....things are as UGLY as hell (they dont have to be pretty LOL) but you sure can see the red and yellow cross-hatches from a mile away!
ALCO dispatch has hired a bunch of dispatchers since June due to PP coming in NOV as well as they are taking over fire dispatch for Livermore-Pleasanton by year end also. Sounds like Fri was testing day for PP. I was hearing Medic 212x being assigned to Posts also on tac 11.