In the early days of the Rhode Island RISCON system, the three zones were SOUTH which was Kent County and south as well as EAST BAY.
Cranston, Johnston like Providence were on the METRO ZONE. Woonsocket, Smithfield, Cumberland, N Smithfield and Burrilville were on the NORTH ZONE. Now, the NORTH ZONE starts from the state line to the north south to the southern border of KENT COUNTY. The old METRO ZONE is strictly Providence. Coming soon is a new zone possibly called EAST BAY which will include Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton. Right now, they are part of the SOUTH ZONE and so we will be editing these code plugs again! Can it be possible to wear out our code plugs keeping up with RISCON? haha
If you use the Radioreference feature on BUTEL software and you want to import data for Cranston Fire, be sure to delete the South Zone and Providence sites leaving ONLY North Zone. Naturally if you want to receive all RISCON, you ignore this and keep all three ZONES. Also add the talk groups for CRANSTON FD (1500-1504) and enable ID SCAN. This should speed things up a bit. But ify ou are like me and overload the scanner, you are assured to miss calls. in my case, I have a BCT15X for all analog comms and will use my old 996P1 for most RISCON duty. The 996XT will be assigned to Cranston only! What a waste of resources!