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NSWFB Newcastle

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NSW Fire Brigade

 

In our region, the NSWFB can mainly be heard on the Government Radio Network. Information on the local GRN can be found elsewhere on our site. However, from time to time you can hear fire brigade activity on the conventional frequencies listed below.

 

471.350                 471.525                  471.700               

471.725                 471.850                  425.2625

425.2875               425.3625                425.500

425.5875               428.8750                428.9875

 

 

412.275                412.325                412.350

412.400                412.450


D/GRN IDS 

10112 Newcastle Chan 1

10113 Newcastle Chan 2

10114 Gosford Chan 1(not seen yet)

10115 Gosford Chan 2(not seen yet)

 


Radio Codes

 

RED, RED, RED        Highest priority

WHITE                      message on unreported incident

BLUE                         High priority

GREEN                      Medium priority

YELLOW                   Low priority

 

 

Code 1        Responding to an incident or move-up

Code 2        Call off given by communication centre

Code 3        On scene of incident or move-up

Code 4        Available for response

Code 5        Returned to station

Code 6        Responding into RFS district

Code 7        Unavailable for response 

 

FALSE ALARMS AND FALSE CALLS: OTHER 
700 False alarm or false call; insufficient information to classify further

701 Accidental activation of Break Glass Alarm or Manual Control Point

702 Alarm operated due to extreme weather conditions storm conditions, lightning, thunder, heat, etc

706 Council or water supply authority causes pressure surge through mains system

707 Alarm operated due to power surge/spike or short circuit

709 False alarm or false call; not classified above

 

MALICIOUS/MISCHIEVOUS FALSE ALARMS 
711 Malicious false alarm/call (No longer used as of june 2004)


BOMB SCARES 
721 Bomb scare - no bomb - including presence of parcel resembling a bomb(No longer used as of june 2004)


SUSPECTED MALFUNCTIONS MONITORED BY DIRECT LINK TO NSWFB OR AFA SERVICE PROVIDER (eg TYCO, FFE, ROMTECK, APS or FMS)

731 Sprinkler suspected malfunction including water pressure fluctuations and equipment fault monitored by fire service

732 Smoke detector malfunction - monitored by fire service
733 Heat detector malfunction - monitored by fire service
734 Sprinkler suspected malfunction includes water pressure fluctuations and equipment fault monitored by AFA Service Provider

735 Smoke detector suspected malfunction includes continuous or intermittent fault in detector, wiring or FIP monitored by AFA Service Provider

736 Heat detector suspected malfunction includes continuous or intermittent fault in detector, wiring or FIP monitored by AFA Service Provider

738 Alarm system suspected malfunction includes fault in wiring, alarm panel, inadequate maintenance, etc

739 Alarm system suspected malfunction not classified above


SUSPECTED MALFUNCTIONS IN LOCAL ALARM SYSTEM NOT MONITORED BY NSWFB OR AFA SERVICE PROVIDER

741 Sprinkler suspected malfunction non-monitored premises

742 Smoke detector suspected malfunction non-monitored premises

743 Heat detector suspected malfunction non-monitored premises

744 Gas detector suspected malfunction non-monitored premises

745 False alarms generated from a private security company domestic and residential premises, eg alarm bell ringing
746 False alarms generated from a private security company commercial premises, eg alarm bell ringing


SIMULATED CONDITION 
751Smoke detector operated no fire smoke from other location

752 Heat detector operated no fire heat from other location

753 Gas detector operated no gas detected

756 Coking fumes toast, foodstuffs, etc

758 Simulated conditions incense, candles, sparklers, smoke machine, etc

759 Simulated conditions no fire; not classified above


ACCIDENTAL ALARMS NOT INVOLVING A SUSPECTED MALFUNCTION MONITORED BY NSWFB OR AFA SERVICE PROVIDER

760 Unintentional alarm not involving a malfunction insufficient information to classify further

763 Failure to notify of test

764 Incorrect test by service company personnel
765 Storm induced voltage surge

766 Alarm activation due to poor building maintenance dust, cobwebs, insects, etc

767 Alarm activation due to aerosol use hair spray, insecticides, etc

768 Alarm activation due to steam shower, bath, sauna, steam room, etc

769 Unintentional alarm - not involving a malfunction - not classified above


MONITORED ALARM SYSTEM - FIRE INDICATOR PANEL 
770 "Fire indicator panel, insufficient information to classify further"
771 "Fire indicator panel not activated, Alarm Service Equipment (ASE) not activated"
772 "Fire indicator panel activated, ASE not activated"
773 "Fire indicator panel not activated, ASE activated"
779 "Fire indicator panel, not classified above"

   

 

Descriptions of Callsigns used

 

Pumpers

Pumper                    Standard NSWFB Pumper (types 1, 2, 3 & 4)

Super Pumper         High-capacity type 5 pumper

Aerial Pumper         Pumper with 15m elevating hydraulic boom, ladder & monitor

Rescue Pumper      Pumper with primary recuse accreditation

 

Aerial Appliances

Platform                     Hydraulic platforms

Ladder Platform       Bronto ladder platform

Ladders                    Turnable ladder appliances

 

Rescue Appliances

Rescue                      Dedicated rescue unit with primary or secondary rescue accreditation

 

4WD Appliances

Tanker                        4WD 3000 - 4000 litre tanker / class 1 pumper with crew of 2 to 6

Rescue Tanker          4WD appliance with pumping capacity - may be HazMat tanker or Rescue Tanker

 

HazMat & Breathing Apparatus Appliances

HazMat 9 Alpha,

Bravo & Charlie        Dedicated hazardous materials / BA appliances attached to HazMat Response                                                     Unit  Sydney

HazMat                      Dedicated hazardous materials / BA appliance including Mercedes HazMat vans

CO2  - 9                    CO2 tender attached to HazMat Response Unit Sydney

Lab  - 9                      HazMat Mobile Analytical Vehicle

HazMat Support        Hazmat Decontamination Support Vehicle (pantec)

SAS   - 9                    Scientific Advisor Support attached to HazMat Response Unit Sydney

 

Specialist Support Appliances

ICV alpha & bravo    Incident Control Vehicles

ATV                            All terrain vehicle

Transporter                Prime mover for modular transport system when not carrying a pod

SV                               Logistics support vehicle (including district trucks and personnel carriers)

 

Modular Transport System Pods

USAR 1                      Sydney/State urban search and rescue (USAR/major structural collapse                                                                 rescue) equipment cache

USAR 2 alpha            Newcastle's primary USAR cache

USAR 2 bravo            Newcastle's secondary USAR cache

USAR 3 alpha            Wollongong's primary USAR cache

USAR 3 bravo            Wollongong's secondary USAR cache

USAR 4                       USAR reconnaissance vehicle for Sydney/State deployment

HazMat support          Chemical, biological and radiological specialised hazmat equipment cache     

(please note - some of the USAR units above have not been commissioned as yet)

 

 

Other callsigns used

 

Commissioner       -        Commissioner

DSO                        -        Director State Operations

DCD                        -        Director Capability Deployment

Regional

Commander North -        Regional Commander North

Zone Commander

North 1                    -        Zone Commander North 1

HazMat 1                -        Manager HazMat

HazMat 2                -        Deputy Manager HazMat

SAR 1                     -        Manager Rescue

SAR 2                     -        Deputy Manager Rescue

SAR 3, 4 etc          -        Assistant Rescue Officers

BFO 1                    -        Manager Bushfire & Natural Hazards

BFO 2 , 3 etc        -        Assistant Bushfire Officers

SOLO                    -        State Operations Liaison Officer

SO                         -         Station Officer

Chaplain                -         Brigade Religious representative

OC                          -        Operational Commander

USAR                     -        Urban Search and Rescue personnel

SIN                         -        Senior Instructor North

IC                            -        Incident Controller

Operations            -        Operations Officer

Logistics                -        Logistics Officer 

Planning                -        Planning Officer

Safety Officer        -        Safety Officer

Division 1, 2 etc    -        Division Commander

Sector alpha,

bravo etc                -        Sector Commander

Fire Attack             -        Fire Attack Group Commander

Fire Air 1                -        NSWFB Helecopter

Salvage                  -        Salvage Group Commander

Some vehicle types, staff positions & call-signs may vary from district to district

 

 

 

FAR                        -                First Aid Reel

PPV                         -               Positive Pressure Ventilator

 

Communication Centres: - Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong and Katoomba

 

NSWFB have also introduced new helmets for it's members,The new helmets have both colour rankings and also a sticker on both sides of the helmets with rank and other info.

 

Commissioner - Black helmet - black C on the side

Assistant Commissioner - White -  black AC on side

Chief Superintendent - White -black CS

Superintendent - White - black S

Inspector - White - black I

Station Officer - Red helmet - Black SO on the sides

Fire-fighters - Lime/Yellow Helmets - Black ranking on side. eg. LF,  3 strips, 2 strips, 1,2,3,4 for Permanent levels.

 

Captain - Orange - Red C on sides

Deputy Captain - Lime/Yellow - red DC on sides.

Retained Fire-fighters - Lime/Yellow - red Strips or Numbers. eg. 15 years plus is three strips, etc.

 

Other markings on the side will be RESCUE, HAZMAT, for primary rescue officers and Hazmat officers. etc.

 

STATION LOCATIONS & STATION NUMBERS

1. City of Sydney

3. The Rocks

4. Darlinghurst

5. Newtown

6. Mona Vale

7. Horningsea Park

8. Liverpool

9. B.A. - Sydenham

10. Redfern

11. Woollahra

12. Balmain

13. Alexandria

14. Ashfield

15. Burwood

16. Concord

17. Drummoyne

18. Glebe

19. Silverwater

20. Hurstville

21. Kogarah

22. Leichhardt

23. Gladesville

24. Manly

25. Mosman

26. Mascot

27. Parramatta

28. Marrickville

29. Rockdale

30. Lidcombe

31. Busby

32. Mount Druitt

33. Engadine

34. Riverwood

35. Botany

36. Crows Nest

37. Gordon

38. Pyrmont

39. Randwick

40. Willoughby

41. Smithfield

42. Ryde

43. Seven Hills

45. Miranda

46. Sutherland

47. Revesby

48. Mortdale

49. Cabramatta

50. Hornsby

51. Forestville

52. Campsie

53. Neutral Bay

54. Cronulla

55. Guildford

56. Matraville

57. Wentworthville

58. Beecroft

59. Eastwood

60. Avalon

61. Lane Cove

62. Bankstown

63. Blacktown

64. Lakemba

65. Rydalmere

66. Rhodes

67. Northmead

68. Narrabeen

69. Dee Why

70. Maroubra

71. CastleHill

72. Merrylands

73. Fairfield

75. Berowra

76. Bondi

77. St Marys

78. Dunheved

79. Ingleburn

80. Bundeena

81. Windsor

82. Richmond

83. Riverstone

84. Macquarie Fields

85. Chester Hill

86. Penrith

87. Rosemeadow

88. Campbelltown

90. Menai

92. St Andrews

93. Narellen

94. Kellyville

95. Fire Investigation Unit
96. Schofields

97. Huntingwood

99. Bushfire Cntrl - Rozelle

100. Mobile Field Control

101. Bonnyrigg Heights

102. Regentville

105. Kelso

202. Abermain

203. Albury Central

204. Alstonvile

205. Armidale

206. Albury North

207. Albion Park Rail

208. Aberdeen

209. Albury Civic

210. Balgownie

211. Ballina

212. Balranald

213. Bangalow

214. Barham

215. Barraba

216. Bathurst

217. Batemans Bay

218. Batlow

219. Bega

220. Bellbird

221. Belligen

222. Belmont

223. Berrigan

224. Berry

225. Bingara

226. Blackheath

227. Blayney

228. Berkley Vale

229. Boggabri

230. Bombala

231. Boolaroo

232. Boorowa

233. Bourke

234. Bowral

235. Bowraville

236. Braidwood

237. Branxton Greta

238. Broken Hill

239. Broken Hill South

240. Brunswick Heads

241. Bulli

242. Bundanoon

243. Byron Bay

244. Brewarrina

245. Budgewoi

248. Camden

250. Canowindra

251. Cardiff

252. Carrington

253. Casino

254. Cessnock

255. Charlestown

256. Cobar

257. Coffs Harbour

258. Coledale

259. Condobolin

260. Newcastle

261. Coolah

262. Coolamon

263. Cooma

264. Coonabarabran

265. Coonamble

266. Cootamundra

267. Coraki

268. Corowa

269. Corrimal

270. Cowra

271. Crookwell

272. Culcairn

277. Dapto

278. Deniliquin

279. Dorrigo

280. Dubbo

281. Dunedoo

282. Dungog

283. Denman

284. Delroy

286. Eden

287. Ettalong

288. Evans Head

292. Doyalson

293. Finley

294. Forbes

295. Forster

300. Gilgandra

301. Glenbrook

302. GlennInnes

303. Gloucester

304. Gosford

305. Goulburn

306. Grafton

307. South Grafton

308. Grenfell

311. Griffith

312. Gulgong

313. Gundagai

314. Gunnedah

315. Guyra

316. Goonellabah

320. Hamilton

321. Hay

322. Henty

323. Hillston

324. Holbrook

325. Helensburg

331. Inverell

336. Jerilderie

337. Junee

338. Jindabyne

340. Umina

341. Karriong

342. Kandos

343. Katoomba

344. Kearsley

345. Kempsey

346. Kiama

347. Kingscliff

349. Kurri Kurri

350. Kyogle

351. Bateau Bay

355. Lake Cargelligo

357. Lambton

358. Laurieton

359. Lawson

360. Leeton

361. Leura

362. Lismore

363. Lithgow

364. Lithgow West

365. Lockhart

367. Lightning Ridge

371. Macksville

372. Maclean

373. East Maitland

375. Manilla

376. Merewether

377. Minmi

378. Mittagong

379. Moama

380. Molong

381. Moree

382. Morpeth

383. Morisset

384. Moruya

385. Moss Vale

386. Mt Victoria

387. Mudgee

388. Mullumbimby

389. Harden

390. Murrurundi

391. Murwillumbah

392. Muswellbrook

393. Merriwa

394. Mulwala

395. Merimbula

397. Nambucca Heads

398. Narooma

399. Narrabri

400. Narrandra

401. Narromine

402. Nelson Bay

404. New Lambton

405. Nowra

406. Nygan

411. Oberon

417. Parkes

418. Paxton

419. ParkHill

421. Picton

422. Warrawong

423. Portland

424. Port Macquarie

426. PerisherValley

428. Queanbeyan

429. Quirindi

432. Raymond Terrace

441. Sawtell

442. Scarborough

443. Scone

444. Singleton

445. Springwood

446. Stockton

447. Swansea

449. South West Rocks

450. Saratoga

451. Thredbo

452. Tamworth

453. Taree

454. Tarro

455. Telarah

456. Temora

457. Tenderfield

458. Teralba

459. Terrigal

460. The Entrance

461. Thirroul

462. Mayfield west

463. Tocumwal

464. Toronto

465. Trangie

466. Tumbarumba

467. Tumut

468. Tweed Heads

470. Toukley

471. Tea Gardens

472. Turvey Park

474. Unanderra

475. Uralla

476. Urunga

477. Ulladulla

480. Wagga Wagga

481. Walcha

482. Walgett

483. Wallerwang

484. Wallsend

485. Wangi Wangi

486. Waratah

487. Warialda

488. Warrilla

489. Warragamba

491. Warren

492. Wellington

492. Urunga

492. Wauchope

494. Wentworth

495. Wentworth Falls

496. Werris Creek

497. Weston

498. West Wallsend

499. West Wyalong

500. Tingara Hts

502. Wingham

503. Wollongong

504. Woy Woy

505. Wyong

506. Wee Waa

507. Woolgoolga

508. West Tamworth

509. Wyoming

510. Yamba

511. Yass

512. Yenda

513. Young

514. Tweed River

 

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