Below you will find the 2014 Fire Department Information form for State Dispatch. While the basic form is the same as 2013, we still require all agencies to complete and submit the 2014 version even if no data has changed to document that we have current information on file. Below are a couple reminders about the form and policies.
As a reminder, this is the definition state dispatch uses when determining if a call should be dispatched as a Structure Fire or not (for those departments that opt to have automatic mutual aid (AMA)).
ďAny fire involving a manmade structure, any appliance fire with possible or confirmed extension, any chimney fire with possible or confirmed extension and any smoke condition in a manmade structure.Ē
This definition was created with the aid of those fire chiefs that responded to our request for their thoughts and opinions on the matter last year.
Secondly, we still will not be able to break a town up geographically for automatic mutual aid or 5 minute mark mutual aid. State Dispatch currently does not have the equipment needed to make this possible for a quick and efficient dispatch of an incident.
Next is a note on radio procedure. We at State Dispatch monitor nearly 30 radio channels and 20 phone lines, so it is imperative that units in the field wait for acknowledgment when broadcasting a message. During busy times an important or emergency message might be missed due to other things going on in the communications center. We also ask that when a department has a call, that only one member acknowledge the call, the first apparatus sign on responding and arriving, and one unit return all units.
Thank you all for completing these forms; it makes our jobs at Dispatch that much easier. Please have them returned by March 20th 2014. The AMA and other information on the form will go into effect as soon as they are received. As always we welcome, and encourage, department members to come see the communications center and see how we operate. Just give either of us a call, Saturday through Thursday, 3pm to 11pm.
Ben Masterson Tom Best
Rutland PSAP Rutland PSAP
Vermont State Police Vermont State Police