BASIC FIRE DEPARTMENT REQUIREMENTS
There will be a need for public reporting, dispatching, telephone and two way radio systems that will fulfill the following functions:
receiving the fire alarm or emergency call from the public,
notifying fire fighters and other interested agencies of an incident,
communication on the fireground between fire fighters and or the dispatch center.
The alarm should be received on a dedicated line for fire emergencies only.
The alarm can be received at a central 24 hour answering service, or through radio telephones carried by fire fighters.
The department must quickly dispatch fire fighters and apparatus by using the following methods:
telephone fan-out system; or
Once at the scene, fire fighters may need to talk to each other, the fire apparatus or the dispatch center. There will be a need for portable radios and mobile radios in apparatus.
A radio frequency will re required from Communications Canada for the fire department use.
Mutual Aid Agreements
Legal mutual aid agreements should be entered into with neighboring communities and with the appropriate government agencies. This can provide additional resources in the vent of a major emergency.