No tones. If in firehouse, run comes over a computer, no acknowledge then over red phone voice alarm system (intercom) and still no response then a phone call.Watching various YouTube videos , don’t hear any tones for calls how do they know when to respond to a call or just missing something here ?
Actually, the FDNY dispatchers were ALWAYS civilians; it was always a separate civil service title and test. But the FD, going back many years, found it convenient to put light-duty firemen in those offices (some stayed many years, even decades, on "light-duty"), negating any reason to have the civil service test with any regularity.Members who came on the job in 1970 (which is when the Department began civilianizing the Communications Bureau)
Boston is using Purvis for station alerting, but the box system is still alive and well. When striking a box from fire alarm, it is still transmitted over the air as a series of beeps that correspond with the bells.