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Offline jaywalk23

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Station Bells
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:17:15 AM »
Does anyone know the protocol for the bells that you hear in the station, after the initial Engine, Ladder, Battalion voice notification? I believe they are manually rung, by the house watch. I'm interested in what type of bell it is, and if anyone has a picture of this bell. I originally thought that one ring of the bell means, Engine, two taps Ladder, and three taps, clear the house.

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Station Bells
« on: May 30, 2017, 08:17:15 AM »

Offline In2theJob

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Re: Station Bells
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2017, 10:38:32 AM »
For a house with an Engine , Ladder and chief:
1 Bell is usually a phone call for the Engine Officer
2 Bells is a phone call for the Ladder Officer
3 Bells (when there is a chief in qtrs) is a phone call for the Batt Aide.
4 Bells is a run for the chief
5 Bells is a run for the engine
7 bells is a run for the chief

If every one is going together then the bells are just hit rapidly for a few seconds.  Some houses might have little variations to some of the bells depending who is in qtrs
After the bells are hit then the run type and location get announced over the bitch box.

Not sure what type of bell it is, but they are wired throughout the house.
« Last Edit: May 30, 2017, 10:40:17 AM by In2theJob »

Offline lucky

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Re: Station Bells
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2017, 11:35:10 AM »
The older fire houses have a button on the side of the black box that has the small and large gongs on the face.
The large bell was the primary and an alarm rang on it the first time it was received. The alarm would come over a second time on the smaller bell. The button was to notify members of a verbal alarm that had been reported by a civilian at the watch desk. There was no acknowledgement and the dispatcher assumed that all units were responding. The housewatchmen did have to acknowledge special calls by tapping in the unit number preceded by the designation if it wasn't an engine company. The special calls were only sent out once on the primary bells.

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Re: Station Bells
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Offline In2theJob

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Re: Station Bells
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2017, 01:18:14 PM »
sounds like he was starting to hit the bells for the engine going and then got distracted when the battalion was announced and hit 4 bells after that for the batt to respond.

 

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