Fire Truck Identifiers in NYS

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I was wondering if there was a list of what the letters in a Fire Truck's radio identifier meant (Like ETA for Engine Tanker, R for Rescue, Car is for Chiefs, etc.)

I know I have seen one before, but I can't find it on the internet.
 

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In Orange County:

E - Engine
T - Truck (Ladder)
TA - Tanker
R - Rescue
M - Miscallenaous (Can be anything from Fire Police to Brush Fire to Collapse Rescue to boats)
Car - Chief's Vehicle

Other counties are different. Some use a numeric system where 1=Engine 2=Truck 3=Rescue etc.
 

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This is usually decided at the county or local level and can vary throughout the state. Below is a list from NF2G.com for Saratoga County. There are tons of apparatus designators and lists from across the state at Dave's site. Click on the hyperlinks for the FIREFIGHTING or EMS headings in the County sections.

APPARATUS TYPES
E - Engine
ER - Engine Rescue
ETA - Pumper-Tanker
TA - Tanker
F - Brush Truck
L - Ladder
EL - Quint
U - Utility
M - Medical
Car - Officer
R - Rescue
 
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It varies by county. Try the various apparatus lists on NF2G's Forensic Scannist Pages. They are linked via the FIREFIGHTING headers on the county Public Safety pages.
 

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Schoharie County uses an 4 digit number system.
First two numbers ID the department (Middleburgh 12)
Anything ending in 11-19 is an officer or chief IE Middleburgh FD Chief 1211
Engines end in 21 IE Middleburgh 1221
Engine Tankers 31 IE Middeburgh 1231
Tankers 41 IE Middleburgh 1241
Rescue Trucks End in 61
Brush vehicles 51
Ladders 81
EMS Units end in 91 IE Cobleskill 5091
 

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In Suffolk, there are 10 towns [first digit] in each town the departments are numbered some what alphabetically [second digit] most engines, trucks, tankers and rescues are 1-14, most ambulances are 15+ [in Huntington ambulances are 5, 15, 25, 35, etc.]. Chiefs are 30-33 [third digit]. Town of Brookhaven, has more than 30 departments [fifth division] so departments 30+ go by 5A[ble]-xx-xx. HQs are xx-xx-0, and town dispatch centers are xx-0-0. Nassau is similar. They have 9 "Battalions". Their chiefs go by 00-03.
 

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in oswego county each dept has a number so my dept is Cody its dept number is 7
heres a list of wht the trucks numbers are
Engine's 1(1000 GPM)
Engine's 2(750 GPM) (not really used anymore)
Engine's 3(500 GPM)(not really used anymore)
Tanker pumpers 4
Tanker's 5
Rescue's 6
Uilitys'
Snorkels/ladders 8
Ambulance 9(not used anymore)
Cheifs 0

So codys Tanker pumper is 741 meaninf 7 is the dept number 4 is the type of rig 1 cuz its the first one
 

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Chemung County fire unit numbers are a combination of Dept. #, unit type, and number within the department.

Here is a list of department numbers


1 Airport
2 Baldwin
3 Big Flats
4 Breesport
5 Chemung
6 City of Elmira
7 Elmira Heights
8 Erin
9 Golden Glow
10 Horseheads
11 Millport
12 Pine City
13 Elmira Correctional Facility
14 Southport
15 Tompkins Corners
16 Town & Country
17 Van Etten
18 Webb's Mills
19 Wellsburg
20 West Hill (closed)
21 East Hill
22 Emergency Management Office
23 West Elmira
24 Wellsburg

Here is a list of unit types

APPARATUS TYPES

0 Chief Officers
1 Captains, Lieutenants
2 Engine <750 gpm (I don't believe there are any left)
3 Engine >750 gpm
4 Aerial
5 Platform
6 Tanker
7 Utility (brush truck, pickup, etc.)
8 Rescue
9 Fire Police

As an example i'll use West Hill's Dept. #20

2001-Chief/ 2002 Assist.Chief
2012- Capt or Lieut.
2031-1st eng. / 2032-2nd eng.
2061-tanker

Just to clarify 20 3 1
West Hill------ Eng.----- one

I guess it can be a little confusing if you not used to it.

We used to use signal numbers and ten codes as communication, but that has been done away with. We now use just plain language. "Twenty thirty one is responding" or "twenty thirty one is on scene" etc.
The signal numbers generally were the same as 10 codes but there were some that were different. This sometimes caused confusion with the dispatchers so the decision was made to use just plain language.
 
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APPARATUS TYPES
E - Engine
ETA - Pumper-Tanker
TA - Tanker
R -Rescue Truck, Brush Truck,
T- Ladder
Q - Quint
SR - Special Response
M - ALS Fly Car Units
Car - County Coordiator,Duputy Coordinator,County Fire Investigators,County Dive Team Heads,CISD
A- Ambulance

I cant think of the new mobie command one right now.
 

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