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Ch. 2
BC Battalion Chief MB Marine Battalion
D Haz Mat Decontamination MK Mask Service Unit
DC Deputy Chief MR Marine Unit
DS Decon Support Unit P Purple K Unit
E Engine RA Recuperation and Care Unit
F Foam Carrier or Hi-Ex Foam Unit RC Rescue Collapse
FT Foam Tender RR Rapid Response
FC Field Com RS Rescue
H Hose Wagon SB Safety Battalion
HB Haz Mat Battalion SO Special Operations Battalion
HM Haz Mat Unit SQ Squad
HR High Rise Unit ST Satellites
HT Hammer Team TR Technical Response Unit
L Ladder TS Tactical Support
I Fire Ice Unit

Battalion Chief High Rise Unit
C Communication Unit Leader N High Rise Nozzle
D Tech Decon Task Force Leader
F Foam Coordinator
H Hi-Rise Roof Chief
P Staging Area Manager
R Resource Unit Leader
S Safety Officer
T Transit Liaison Officer

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Ch. 2

Engine Companies

C CFR-D Engine
D Tech Decon Task Force Engine
F FAST Unit
H Haz Mat Tech Unit
I Fire/Ice Unit
L Lobby Control Unit
N High Rise Nozzle
P High Pressure Engine
S Communications Unit
T Transport Backup Unit
W Water - Ice Rescue Unit
Y Systems Control Unit

Ladder Companies

C CPC Unit
D Tech Decon Task Force Ladder
F FAST Unit
H Hi-Rise Roof Team
R Rescue Collapse Transport
S SOC Support Truck
T Transport Backup Unit
V Ventilation Support Unit
W Water - Ice Rescue Unit

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Mayday

"226"

2 Collapse

2 Injuries

6 Member Location

Collapse
- collapse Imminent
- collapse Occurred

Injury
- Life Threatening Injury
- Unconscious Member

Member Location
- Missing Member
- Lost Member
- Trapped Member
- Missing Member Located
- Lost Member Located
- Trapped Member Located

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Ch. 8

The name or unit number of a member with a ___________ injury may be transmitted over the Department radio after requesting "Mixer off."

minor injury

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Ch. 8

In lieu, initial notification of a fatality or serious injury to an on-duty member shall be made to the dispatcher via a "Mixer off" message.

(This notification shall not include the name or unit number of the fatally or seriously injured member and shall be followed immediately by a telephone notification with full particulars).

As soon as possible thereafter, particulars shall also be telephoned to the Fire Department Operation Center.

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Ch. 8

Handie-Talkies and cell phones shall not be used within ________ of vehicles transporting explosives, explosive magazines, or areas where blasting operations are in progress.

Apparatus, Post and Marine radios shall not be operated within __________ of such areas.

150 feet


300 feet

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Ch. 8

Guidelines for transmitting Signal 10-80 No Code include:

x Release is of a small quantity (e.g., gas leak in a stove).
x The material and its hazards have been identified.
x Firefighters’ PPE provides adequate protection against the identified hazards.
x Special equipment and specialized training are not needed.

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Ch. 8

When relocating in the quarters of another unit, Officers shall notify the Borough Dispatcher at the following times:

A. When in the response district of the unit they are covering
B. When returning to their own quarters
C. When back in their own response district

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Ch. 9

Mayday

This transmission is an indication that a life-threatening situation has developed.

If possible, the member shall press the Emergency Alert Button ensuring that the message gets transmitted at maximum wattage before giving their MAYDAY message.

After message is acknowledged, the member can deactivate the Emergency Alert Tone if the “Beacon” tone is no longer required.

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Ch. 9 Mayday

The term MAYDAY may be used only in the following five situations:

IO MILT

Imminent Collapse
Occurred, Collapse has

Missing Member
Injury (Life Threatening)
Lost Member
Trapped Member

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Ch. 9 Urgent

Discontinue WWife CC

Discontinue Interior Attack

Water Loss (Attack line)
Water (Lack of supply)
Injury (non life threatening)
Fear of Collapse
Extension of Fire

Change in Conditions
(Change in Conditions will Severely Impact an
Operation or the Safety of Members)

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Ch. 9 EMERGENCY ALERT TONE ASSISTED RESCUE AND FEEDBACK-ASSISTED RESCUE

IC announces over HT that an "Emergency Alert Tone Assisted Rescue" is to be implemented and designates a new primary tactical channel. This channel shall not be the same one on which the missing, lost, or trapped member was operating.

All members, except the member designated to produce the emergency alert tone, are to operate on the newly designated primary tactical channel.

The Emergency Alert Button is pressed every few seconds to transmit the emergency alert tone and then pausing, allowing for the possibility of response from the missing, lost, or trapped member.

Note: Feedback Assisted Rescue may be used in a similar manner. This procedure utilizes handie talkie feedback noise in order to home in on the location of missing,lost, or trapped members.

Feedback is created by the designated member as follows:

The HT speakers are held one to two inches apart. This distance will produce the loudest high pitch feedback tone. (The feedback created by these two HT's will be transmitted to other HT's on the same frequency as far as a mile away).

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LUNA
Location
Unit
Name
Assignment

LUNR
Location
Unit and Identity
Nature or Injuries
Resources Needed

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LINA

Location if known. If unknown, provide last recognizable reference point such as, basement near oil burner.

Identity and number of members involved

Any imminent conditions that might affect trapped members such as fire nearby, out of air, etc.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 2
EMERGENCY ROLL CALL PROCEDURES

All officers of all companies will answer when called by the Roll Call Officer (RCO), stating the number of firefighters they responded with and accounting only for the members within sight or hearing without using the HT.

This varies from immediate supervision, which would include
any member operating on the hoseline or search rope

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 2
EMERGENCY ROLL CALL PROCEDURES

Anytime members are unable to complete their assignment, they must notify the ____.

IC.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

Officers arriving at an incident, after they have transmitted their 10-84 via the MDT, must key their HT remote microphone once in order to “check in”. Keying the HT remote microphone will have all members of the unit recognized by EFAS.



EFAS has the capability to convert the digital data designated by the spare radios. As a result, members who are assigned a spare radio from the HT Depot will be identified by their Company, Riding Position and Name.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

The member’s identity line will remain ______ in EFAS until the Emergency Alert is resolved and the HT is reset. Once cleared, the member’s highlighted identity line will change from _____ (active) back to _______ in the “RADIO STATUS” area. The member’s highlighted identity line will change from ______(active) to ______ (cleared) and will remain in the “MAYDAYS” area. (Figure 8)

red
red

white

red (active) to yellow (cleared)

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

EMS officers, Haz-Tac Ambulances and any other EMS unit with an assigned fireground HT that activates the Emergency Alert function will show up with their

EMS Unit
Position
Name as entered in the EBF-4.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

Note: When assigning a member a Verbal MAYDAY, the member’s HT wattage is not increased to five watts, and the member does not receive the Emergency Alert tone “Beacon”.

EFAS defaults to Tactical Channel 1.

It has the capability of monitoring any of the 16 Channels, including UTAC and NYMAC channels. However, it can only monitor one channel at a time, therefore, a separate Battalion/Division/EFAS equipped vehicle in conjunction with an EFAS trained member is required for each channel in use e.g., primary tactical, secondary tactical, primary command.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

Three timestamp/color-coded status outcomes are possible and are shown in the pop-up:

A. This time stamp, displayed in green text, indicates an accurate update of units assigned by starfire.

B. This time stamp, displayed in red text, indicates the assignment has not changed since the previous request.

C. EFAS unable to refresh the Assigned Units over entire course of incident, will display in red text as “Unable to retrieve assignment refresh from CAD” without a time stamp. This pop up is an extremely rare and unusual occurrence, and the IC should be immediately notified. When performing a Roll Call in this scenario, Units will NOT be assigned by Starfire, but will be populated by HT transmissions. Prior to pressing begin Roll Call, IC must request the Officer of each Unit to individually key their HT mic once to check in as per section 3.1.4, units that have keyed their mic will be viewed in “Unassigned Units” section.

Note: If this text appears, the IC should strongly consider performing a verbal Roll Call according Communications Manual Chapter 9 Addendum 2.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

Roll Call Using EFAS

As members respond to the Roll Call, their riding position color will change from yellow to green, any members activating their Emergency Alert will be highlighted in Red.

The Chief or company officer conducting the Roll Call shall begin by contacting the most severely exposed unit, sector or group i.e.: “All members of Engine 75 fully depress and release your handie-talkie remote microphone 3 times.”

If a unit by unit Roll Call is not feasible, the IC can vary from this procedure.

When remote microphone is keyed three times, the member’s riding position will change from yellow to green.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

PORTABLE EFAS

Each Division has been issued a portable EFAS.

Portable EFAS receives assigned unit identification from handie-talkie frequency, therefore, prior to pressing Begin Roll Call, the IC must request the Officer of each unit on-scene to individually key their handie-talkie remote microphone once in order to “check in” as per section 3.1.4. Keying the handie-talkie remote microphone will have all members of the unit recognized by EFAS.

The portable EFAS should be charged weekly and after each use.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL, CH. 9, ADDENDUM 3
ELECTRONIC FIREGROUND ACCOUNTABILITY SYSTEM (EFAS)

TRAINING

Company Commanders shall ensure that a record is maintained of all EFAS trained members of their company. The record shall include the date each member was trained.

The Bureau of Operations mandates EFAS training roll calls to be conducted quarterly (January, April, July and October). These training roll calls will be conducted upon the completion of operations to keep members well versed in EFAS roll call procedures.

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CHAPTER 11

This activation initiates one set of distinctive tones on the transmitting radio called a "Beacon" and another set of distinctive tones on the receiving radio(s) called the "Emergency Alert Tones."

The Emergency Alert Button, when activated, immediately transmits a distinctive tone on the selected channel. A second "Emergency Alert Tone" will be transmitted automatically 10 seconds after the initial tone if the following conditions are present:

i The firefighter who activated the emergency alert button has not pressed the radio or remote microphone push-to-talk button within 10 seconds.

i There is no activity on the channel at the instant that the radio attempts to send the second tone. If the channel is busy the radio will postpone the attempt until there is no activity on the channel.

i The firefighter who initiated the emergency has not reset the Emergency Alert Button.

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Ch. 11

"Beacon" tones will be heard at maximum volume regardless of the radio's volume setting. These tones serve two purposes.

The beacon tone takes priority over received audio; that is, the radio will interrupt any incoming audio on the radio transmitting the emergency in order to sound the beacon at regular intervals. The "Beacon" will continue to transmit at the member's location until reset.

To alert the member who activated the Emergency Alert Button. This will inform the member that it is his/her radio transmitting the emergency. In the event of an accidental transmission, member must immediately notify the Incident Commander, cancel the emergency and then reset the Emergency Alert Button. To reset the Emergency Alert Button, the member can either depress the Emergency Alert Button and hold it for approximately 2 seconds until a reset tone is heard, then release the button, or simply turn the radio off and then back on.

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Ch. 11

Multifunction LED:
When the HT is turned ON, the LED temporarily illuminates Green and is followed by a short tone. This indicates that the HT is in proper working order.

Steady Red Radio is transmitting

Flashing Red (while transmitting) Low battery or when the radio voltage temporarily drops below the preset alert level

Flashing Green (while transmitting) Battery too low to transmit but reception is possible

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Ch. 11

Water Resistance

Water resistance is highly dependent on properuse/connection and condition of the radio seal elements. Therefore, the radio should not be subject to unwarranted or casual submersion outside the function of firefighting.

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Ch. 11

Audible Indication of Volume Setting

The radio operator may determine the volume setting in 3 ways:

1) level of audio during reception,

2) "squelch noise" when depressing upper gray button and

3) audible tone at end of each transmission.

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Ch. 11

30 Second Time-Out-Timer

This feature cuts off the transmitter after 30 seconds of continuous transmission and is especially useful to correct the "stuck-button" problem. At the remote microphone speaker, the radio emits a short audible warning tone at approximately ___ seconds and a continuous tone at approximately 30 seconds.

26 seconds

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Ch. 11

The processing time for the transmission of this electronic ID signal is approximately _______________________.

one quarter of a second.

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Ch. 11

MAINTENANCE OF HT EQUIPMENT

If the HT becomes wet at an operation, or has been submerged in water, remove the battery, dry, and clean the HT and battery contacts before re-attaching battery to the HT.

If the remote microphone becomes wet, or submerged, water trapped inside the speaker grille and microphone can be removed by shaking the unit well.

External battery charging contacts may be cleaned with an eraser if a coating is observed on the contacts. Never use an abrasive.

Members should not remove or replace any accessories associated with the radio, including antenna and remote microphone.

When HTs are sent for repair, they should be sent complete (radio, antenna, battery, and external remote microphone) with defect and company number recorded on tag.

Leather Goods (cases and straps) should not be sent unless they need repair.

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Ch. 11

On the first day of each month, Company Officers working the 9x6 tour shall have a member inspect all HT batteries assigned to their unit to ensure no battery has passed their required reconditioning date. The Officer shall take a mark in the Company Journal verifying the inspection.

If repair or replacement of chargers is required, contact the FDNY Radio Shops.

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Note: Selected Engine companies have been designated as Communications Units.

These units have two HT's assigned to them with the following ID:

Engine 7. 5007-101 & 102.

The fifth digit identifies the HT as 2 the Communications Unit HT

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Anytime an assigned company radio is placed out of service the Officer on Duty must record the defect in the Company and Office Record Journals.

Upon receipt of the spare radio, the Officer must:

Notify administrative Battalion

Record the ID number engraved on the side of the spare radio in the Company and Office Record Journals

Update the BF-4 with the spare radio's engraved ID number.

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First digit designation:
1 Rescue
2 Staff, Division and Battalion
3 EMS (All Units)
4 (Future Use)
5 Engine
6 Spares (Depots, BFC and Miscellaneous)
7 Ladder
8 Squad
9 Special Units
0 Not Used (not programmable)

Example: The first digit 2 000 000 Designates Staff, Division and Battalion.

Second digit designation:
The second digit identifies whether it is a Staff, Division or Battalion vehicle.
Staff vehicle is designated 2, Division vehicle is designated 3 and Battalion vehicle is designated 4.
Staff 2 2 00000
Divisions 2 3 00000
Battalions 2 4 00000

Third and fourth digits identify the Staff, Division or Battalion.
Staff Car 1 22 01 000

When a letter also designates a Car, it shall be the fifth digit.
E.g. A=1, B=2, C=3 etc.
Staff Car 3A
22 03 100

Divisions and battalions are assigned as follows:
Division 03 23 03 000
Battalion 12 24 12 000

The last 3 digits designate the radio number (also the assigned riding position)

Division 14 Chief's Radio 1 2314 001
Division 14 Division Aide Radio 2 2314 002

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Engine Company Internal Radio Codes

The fifth, sixth and seventh digits designates the radio number and riding position.

Engine 79 Officer 5079 001
Engine 79 ECC 5079 002
Engine 79 Nozzle 5079 003
Engine 79 Back-up 5079 004
Engine 79 Control 5079 005
Engine 79 Door 5079 006

Engine "Inside Team" comes first

> Nozzle
> Backup



Brush Fire Units will be designated the same as their associated Engine company with the exception of the sixth digit will be the unit number.
Brush Fire Unit 1 (Engine 164) 5 164 010
Brush Fire Unit 2 (Engine 166) 5 166 020

The seventh digit designates the radio number and riding position.
Brush Fire Unit 5 Officer 5 161 051
Brush Fire Unit 5 Chauffeur 5 161 052
Brush Fire Unit 5 Firefighter 5 161 053






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INTERNAL RADIO CODES

DIVISION SPARE AND BUREAU OF FIRE COMMUNICATION

The first digit, 6 is for Division spare radios

Division Spare 6 020 000

The fifth, sixth and seventh digits will be the radio numbers starting at 1.

Division spare # 227 6020 227

Bureau of Fire Communication # 134 6022 134

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INTERNAL RADIO CODES

LADDER COMPANIES

Truck "Outside Team Comes First"

- Roof
- OV

Ladder 81 Officer 7081 001
Ladder 81 Chauffeur 7081 002
Ladder 81 Roof 7081 003
Ladder 81 OV 7081 004
Ladder 81 Irons 7081 005
Ladder 81 Can 7081 006

Note: Selected Ladder Companies have been assigned a Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV).These units have 2 HTs assigned to them with the following ID.

Ladder 136 7136-101 and 102.

The fifth digit identifies the HT as the RRV HT.

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COMMUNICATIONS MANUAL CHAPTER 11, ADDENDUM 6

ASSIGNMENT OF SPARE HANDIE-TALKIES

___________________is responsible for updating the SpareRadio Application on the FDNY Intranet anytime a spare handie-talkie is placed in or out of service.

Use of the extra HT (door position) assigned to 4 firefighter engines as a spare is prohibited except for the following:

The officer on duty at the HT depot

> awaiting delivery of a spare HT from a depot
> supply at a HT depot is depleted

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Ch. 2

The VERBAL button should be used only if the alarm is within ___ blocks of a unit's quarters in any direction.

two

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Chapter 3

Voice Alarm System

A member transmits a calling signal by depressing and releasing the "push to talk" button on the handset. When the dispatcher acknowledges, the member depresses the "push to talk" button on the handset and proceeds with the message, releasing the button when finished.

Contrary to this, the telephone handset in the Blue Light Box must be depressed and held for the entire conversation or the call will be disconnected.

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REMOVAL OF A MEDICAL FACILITY FROM THE CFRD RESPONSE MATRIX

CFR-H

> Trained
> O2
> Defib Equipment

In general, these are medical facilities that have physicians, nurses, physician's assistants or other trained medical professionals on staff during all hours of operation.

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CFR-H

We Still Respond To:

Segment One Responses
> Cardiac
> Choking

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Ladder 1 arrives 1st for a reported fire in Penn Station. The officer decides to activate the Auxiliary Radio Communications System (ARCS). The officer would be correct to take all but which one of the following actions?

A: Activate the ARCS using a 1620 key, or the On/Off switch at the Fire Command Station

B: Instruct one member to staff the Incident Command Post and monitor the tactical and repeater channels

C: Have one member of his inside team switch to channel 11 or 12, the repeater system channel. The officer and all other members shall remain on Channel 1

D: Notify the dispatcher for re-transmittal to all incoming units that channel 11 or 12 is being used


C. The officer shall switch to the duplex radio repeater channel (channel 11 or 12). The officer must also ensure a functional test is performed prior to leaving the Incident Command Post.

Communications Chapter 13 (3.2.3 A)

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EFAS

Emergency Roll Call

Colors:

Yellow:
Green:
Red:
Grey:

Yellow: Unaccounted for Position

Green: Accounted for Position

Red: EAB Button has been pressed

Grey: Unstaffed Position