Radio Lingo/Codes/Signals by Myles Barkman KG5AI http://freqzone.home.comcast.net kg5ai*at*comcast.net ACLS - Advanced Cardiac Life Support ADW - Assualt with a Deadly Weapon AIQ - (HFD) Available In Quarters ALS - Advanced Life Support (medical care level) AMA - Against Medical Advice (when patient refuses treatment, has to sign AMA form) Ambulance - AKA Basic, staffed by EMTs with BLS equipment Ambulatory - able to walk unassisted AOR - (HFD) Available On Radio AOT - (HFD) Available Out (of) Territory ATL - Attempt To Locate BAC - Blood-Alcohol Content (or Concentration) Big Blow - (HFD) Special large-capacity fan used to disperse high volumes of smoke. Housed at 32s. BLS - Basic Life Support (medical care level) BMV - Burglary of a Motor Vehicle BOLO - Be On the Look Out Box (FD) - ambulance - alternate meaning, regular alarm assignment for fire Bump - Try to call someone on a radio channel/talkgroup CAD - Computer Aided Dispatch Cascade - fire truck with oxygen bottles CCH - Computerized Criminal History CI - Confidential Informant (civilians) Clear/Secure your Mic (or "Is your Mic Clear/Secure?") - Keep others from hearing my traffic (for your ears only) Code 3 - (HPD) Non-emergency response Coded - when a patient's heart stops beating (and/or breathing stops) AKA code blue CP - Complaining Party (complainant); also Command Post CTW - Criminal Trespass Warning CVA - CerebroVascular Accident (stroke) D5W - 5% Dextrose solution in Water (given intravenously) Defensive - (FD) fire suppression that confines the fire to the building/area of origin. No FF inside the structure. Divert - (Hospitals) If a hospital is short on rooms, resources or has an emergency situation, they may claim to go on "Divert" status meaning they would rather ambulances divert patient transports to another hospital. DMV - Department of Motor Vehicles DOA - Dead On Arrival DOB - Date Of Birth DOS - Dead On Scene DPS - Department of Public Safety DRT - Dead Right There (less than PC form of DOS) DUI - Driving Under the Influence DWI - Driving While Intoxicated (sometimes pronounced as a word-"DeeWee") DWLS - Driving While License Suspended Electronic Accountability - an automated PAR system that can warn if a fire fighter is in trouble, even if they are incapable of saying so on the radio EMS - Emergency Medical Services EMT - Emergency Medical Technician ETA - Estimated Time (of) Arrival ETOH - Intoxicated patient (Ethyl Alcohol) Fast Attack - (FD) usually arriving apparatus on scene uses water on truck instead of outside supply FI - Field Investigation or Interview Five inch - 5" fire hose used to supply water from hydrant or between trucks FLIR - Forward-Looking InfraRed (usually on helicopter) easily displays hot/cold items (people, cars, fire) Fox - HPD helicopter Friendly Wrecker - will call out on radio when citizen needs roadside assistance but cannot pay regular wrecker charges FSGI - Failure to Give Information (was called hit-at-run, minor) FSRA - Failure to Stop and Render Aid (was called hit-and-run w/serious bodily injury, major) FTA - Failure To Appear (in court to address charges) GB - General Broadcast (sometimes transmitted on all PD channels) GOA - Gone On Arrival Go (North/East/South/West) - Change to talkgroup TAC North/East/South/West on STAR-Net trunk Go to PAC x - Go to NPSPAC (ITAC) channel (1 through 5) GCS - Glasgow Coma Scale (3-15) 15 being best, used to assess the severity of neurologic injury (coma) GSW - Gun Shot Wound HEC - Houston Emergency Center (PD, FD, EMS, Emergency Management) HIPAA - Health Insurance Portability and Acountability Act, usually referred to in regard to privacy and security of patient information IPC - Inmate Processing Center (jail) Jaws - Jaws of Life extrication tool (trademark of Hurst) Level 1 Stage - (FD) Come into the scene and hook up or stand by at a hydrant. Level 2 Stage - (FD) Stage off site and await futher orders. LOC - Loss Of Consciousness LZ - Landing Zone, safe area set up for helicopter EVAC Mayday - broadcast over radio when a firefighter is trapped or missing (spoken as "mayday, mayday, mayday") Medic - Ambulance staffed by paramedics (EMT-P) with ALS equipment (also MICU-Mobile Intensive Care Unit). MCI - Mass Casualty Incident MDC - Mobile Data Computer MDT - Mobile Data Terminal ME - Medical Examiner (called to recover deceased body/remains) MI - Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack-permanent heart damage) MVA - Motor Vehicle Accident MVC - Motor Vehicle Collision NCIC - National Crime Information Center (FBI) Neighborhood protection - City of Houston Neighborhood Protection Corps Number x lane - subject is in the x lane starting from the left (1 is far left/inside lane) O2 - Medical oxygen OD - (going) Off Duty; also OverDose OEC - Office of Emergency Communications (City of Houston Dispatch) Overhaul - (FD) Systematic searching for hidden fires PALS - Pediatric Advanced Life Support PAR - Personnel Accountability Report; Fire dispatcher checks with command every 15 min. to make sure they can account for all their crews HFD now has an electronic system in place to do this automatically Patient Contact - amount of time after Lifeflight lands before taking patient into care "Landing plus xxx minutes" Perp - short for PERPetrator PIO - Public Information Officer (gives statements to media) Plan A - (FD) Cardiac Arrest not resulting from trauma POV - Privately-Owned Vehicle Priority 1 - (HPD) Urgent. Threat to life or serious bodily injury. Usually in-progress. Priority 2 - (HPD) Usually in-progress property crimes or threat to human welfare. Priority 3 - (HPD) No known emergency exists but handle expediently. Priority 4 - (HPD) Requires on-scene response but indefinite ETA. Priority 5 - (HPD) Does not necessarily require a unit response. Calls are usually handled by call taker. Priority 6 - (HPD) Officer initiated calls (on-view activity, out to garage, etc.) Red line - 3/4" fire hose used for small fires Resource Management - (HFD) change of dispatch protocols when EMS and/or fire apparatus/personnel are low on resources Retreat - (FD) impending structure collapse, blast horn for 10 seconds, off for 10 seconds, and repeat for three cycles RIT - (FD) Rapid Intervention Team; company of at least 2 firefighters that stand-by in case of trapped or injured FF RP - Reporting Person/Party Salvage - (FD) Protecting or saving property in a fire scene SFST - Standard Field Sobriety Test Shop - usually a PD term meaning a department issued vehicle SO - Signing On or Starting Out (going on duty); also Sheriff's Office Solo - HPD motorcycle unit Spikes - device used to puncture tires of a persued vehicle STEP - Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (State funded grant for ticketing speeders & no seat belts) SWAT - Special Weapons And Tactics (specially trained PD units) Switch - change to predetermined talkgroup (usually Constables going to Admin or Civil) Take eight (8) - Go to HPD channel 8 460.225 MHz car-car Tap Out - fire is extinguished (as opposed to under control which means no longer spreading) Taps - (FD) additional engine companies TLETS - Texas Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (TX DPS) UC - UnderCover police operative UCW - Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon UTL - Unable To Locate UUMV - Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (was called driving a stolen vehicle, otherwise just Auto Theft) V-FIB - Ventricular Fibrillation (severly abnormal heart rhythm) V-TACH - Ventricular Tachycardia (rapid, short-termed heart rhythm) VIN - Vehicle Identification Number X2 - spouse or residence of public safety officer Also, check out these rather extensive references: NF2G Scannist Glossary Captain Mica Calfee fire page Some common ten codes (mainly used by DPS and some county agencies): 10-1 Poor signal, did not copy 10-2 Good signal 10-4 Affirmative; yes 10-6 Busy 10-7 out of service 10-8 in service 10-9 repeat 10-10 (Pasadena PD) meal break 10-12 disregard 10-17 hazmat team (HFD-rarely used) 10-19 (Pasadena FD) Tap out fire/disregard incoming units 10-20 location 10-21 telephone 10-22 disregard 10-23 enroute to call 10-24 request arson investigator (HFD-rarely used) 10-26 ETA 10-27 request DL (Driver's License) info 10-28 request RTS (Registration & Titling System) info (vehicle registration) 10-29 check records for warrants/stolen 10-30 request fire prevention officer (HFD-rarely used) 10-33 emergency 10-35 request photographer (HFD-rarely used) 10-36 request wrecker (HFD-rarely used) 10-37 request mechanic (HFD-rarely used) 10-38 request relief crew (HFD-rarely used) 10-40 request police/crowd control (HFD-rarely used) 10-41 (DPS) beginning tour of duty 10-42 (DPS) ending tour of duty 10-42 request two police units (HFD-rarely used) 10-50 vehicle accident 10-50 deceased person (HFD) B/W (Black/White) 1/2/3 (0-12hr/12-24hr/+24hr) 10-51 request body car (HFD-rarely used) 10-52 request PIO (HFD-rarely used) 10-55 DWI (Driving While Intoxicated) 10-85 enroute to hospital (HFD-rarely used) 10-87 arriving at hospital (HFD-rarely used) 10-97 on location 10-98 criminal history indicated 10-99 warrants/stolen indicated Other signals: 1-11 one alarm fire 2-11 two alarm fire 3-11 three alarm fire 4-11 four alarm fire 5-11 five alarm fire 6-11 six alarm fire (do they use alarm levels above 5 in Houston?) 7-1 (HFD) tap out fire 710 page (HFD) dispatches nearest EMS supervisor and district fire chief to a scene 13 (Pasadena PD) assault 29 (Pasadena PD) property offenses 35 (Pasadena PD) drug offenses 66 (Pasadena PD) misc investigations Airport codes (as Houston defines them): Alert 1 Standby response-aircraft on ground with minor problem Alert 2 Airfield response-aircraft airborne with major problem Alert 3 Aircraft crash or fire on or near airport A 1-20 souls B 21-75 souls C 76-260 souls D 260+ souls Condition 1A Bomb threat against aircraft on ground or baggage on aircraft, or baggage to be loaded Condition 1B Bomb threat to a structure (other than aircraft/baggage) Condition 2 Skyjacking of aircraft or terminal building Miscellaneous Notes: HPD Fox (helicopter) monitors 460.450 MHz (HPD Ch.10). HPD wreckers also monitor 460.450 MHz. Different dispatch tones on HFD will tell you what kind of call is about to be dispatched: An alternating tone (High/Low) is used for EMS calls. A constant tone that goes on and off is used for Fire calls. A long constant tone is given to broadcast info to everyone on a channel (tap out, misc announcements). HPD sends out a couple of short tones when dispatching a priority 1 call (in-progress).