The Issues with the Current System. Each Dispatch Center has several agencies that (or has the potential to have) use the same apparatus identifiers. For example: Franklin County Communications Center WWCFD#5 and FCFD#5 utilize the same agency and apparatus identifiers. (For Example EN51) SECOMM Benton County #6 and Kennewick Fire utilize the same agency identifier (6). Within Mutual Aid Prosser FD#3 and FCFD#3, WWCFD#4 and BCFD#4, WWCFD#5 and FCFD#5 and BCFD#5 use the same agency and/or apparatus numbers.
Why are these changes necessary? The Fire Districts and Departments are preparing to switch to a single Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and communications center. It is anticipated that all Fire Agencies from Benton/Franklin and WWCFD#5 will be dispatched from a single dispatch center. The single CAD will not allow for the duplication of apparatus numbers Using the single CAD will ultimately save over hundreds of thousands of dollars and avoid duplication in CAD upgrades and maintenance. Provides for more accurate on-scene accountability.
What are the benefits of these changes? Avoids duplication of apparatus numbering Reduces on-scene confusion, thus enhancing safety Identifies the Kind, County, Resource Zone, and Type of unit Follows the Washington State Chief’s recommendation for apparatus resource typing Is compliant with reporting software, NFIRS (National Fire Incident Reporting System), and NIMS
Who Made the Decision to Change? The Tri-County Fire Chiefs formed a committee to develop a numbering system that will be compliant with NIMS and NFIRS and be compatible with a single CAD. This proposal will be compatible with NIMS, NFIRS, CAD and can be expanded to include other counties (up to 10) within our region. This proposal will avoid duplication of resource identifiers for all apparatus.
What agencies will be changing? All Fire/EMS agencies that are currently served by the Franklin County Communications Center (FCCC) and SECOMM. Agencies served by FCCC - FCFD#1,2,3,4,5, Connell Fire Department, Pasco Fire Department, North Franklin Hospital District, WWCFPD#5. Agencies served by SECOMM- BCFD#1,2,3,4,5,6, Kennewick Fire Department, Richland Fire Department
Numbering Scheme In order to meet the NFIRS limitations of 5 characters, and maintain NIMS compliance by identifying the resource kind and type, the following scheme has been proposed: Resource Identifier = Resource Kind (alpha character(s)), County Identification Number, County Resource Zone, Apparatus Type, Designator. For Example: Pasco E81 would be re-numbered to E2811 NIMS Apparatus Kind County Identifier County Resource Zone (CRZ ) NIMS Apparatus Type Designator
The System Each Resources would be assigned by Apparatus Kind as defined by NIMS, NWCG, FAA and the Washington State Fire Chiefs ENGINEEHAZMATHMUTILITYUT LADDERLTECH RESCUETRFUEL TENDERFT PLATFORMPDIVE RESCUEDRSPILL RESPONSESR TACTICAL TENDER TARFFARMASS CASUALTYMC WATER TENDERWBREATHING SUPPORTBS MEDICMMOBILE COMMANDCP AIDALIGHTLG DOZERDREHABRB RESCUERATVAT PLOWPL TRANSPORTDT Primary Tactical Resources Special OperationsSupport Resources
County Identifier Benton County1 Franklin County2 Walla Walla County3 Columbia County4
Zones Each participating county will be divided into county resource zones (CRZ). The maximum number of CRZ’s per county will be limited to 10. CRZ’s are usually divided considering agency boundaries. If a fire district station is located within the city boundaries, the CRZ for that station will default to the city CRZ.
Resource Typing Each resource within a given agency will be associated with a “kind” designator, not all resources will be “typed”. Typing of resources will be identified using the Washington State Fire Chief and NWCG Typing; which is compatible with NIMS Typing is categorized as Primary Tactical, Special Operations or Support resources Primary Tactical resources will usually contain 1 alpha character and 4 numeric characters. For example an Engine would be assigned the alpha character “E” Special Operations and Support resources will usually contain 2 alpha characters and 3 numeric characters. For example a rehab unit would be assigned the alpha characters “RB”
Resource Typing (Engines) Washington State Fire Chiefs Field Operation Guide, NWCG and FEMA categorizes Engines using five criteria: Type 1 Type 2Type 3Type 4Type 5Type 6Type 7 Pump Capacity 1000 GPM 500 GPM 120 GPM 70 GPM50 GPM 10 GPM Tank Capacity 400 Gal 500 Gal750 Gal400 Gal150 Gal50-200 Gal. 2.5 Hose1200 ft. 1000 ft. 1.5 Hose400 ft. 500 ft.1000 ft.300 ft. 200 ft. 1 hose200 ft. 300 ft.800 ft.300 ft. 200 ft. Ladder20 Ft. Ext Master Stream 500 GPM Washington State Fire Chiefs Field Operations GuideNWCG
Resource Typing (Ladders/Aerials/Platforms) NIMS, Washington State Fire Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Ladders/Aerials/Platforms using criteria: Type 1Type 2 Ladder Length75+ ft.75- ft. Ground Ladders115 ft.
Resource Typing (Tenders) NIMS, NWCG Washington State Fire Chiefs categorizes Tenders using criteria: Support TenderType 1Type 2Type 3 Pump Capacity300 GPM200 GPM Tank Capacity5000 Gal2500 Gal1000 Gal Tactical TenderType 1Type 2 Pump Capacity250 GPM Tank Capacity2000 Gal1000 Gal
Resource Typing (Ambulances) Tri-County Chiefs categorizes Ambulances using criteria: MEDICUnit Capable of providing ALS Care w/o CBERNE Capabilities AIDUnit Capable of providing BLS Care w/o CBERNE Capalities
Resource Typing (Dozers) NIMS, Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide, NWCG categorizes Dozers using one criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3 Horsepower200+ HP100-200 HP50-100 HP
Resource Typing (Plow) NIMS, Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide, NWCG categorizes Plows using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3Type 4Type 5Type 6 Horsepower165+ HP140 HP120 HP90 HP70 HP42 HP
Resource Typing (Dozer Transport) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Dozer Transport using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3 CapacityHeavy (50+ Tons)Medium (40-49 Tons) Light (30-39 Tons)
Resource Typing (Utility Transports) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Utility Transports using criteria: Type 1Type 2 UtilityOver 1 ton1 ton and under
Resource Typing (Fuel Tenders) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Fuel Tenders using criteria: Type 1Type 2 Capacity1000 Gal.100 Gal
Resource Typing (Mass Casualty) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Mass Casualty using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3 Equipment to Treat Patients 100 Pts.50 Pts.25 Pts.
Resource Typing (Breathing Support) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Breathing Air Support using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3 Filling CapabilityCompressorCascadeMore than 12 Bottles
Resource Typing (Mobile Command) 2008 NIMS Resource Typing Equipment Definitions categorizes Mobile Command Vehicles using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3 VehicleMotorhome, busTrailer with generator SUV, Van
Resource Typing (Illumination Units) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Illumination Units using criteria: Type 1Type 2 Lighting Units63 Extension Cord1000 Ft.500 Ft.
Resource Typing (Food Dispenser Units) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Food Dispenser Unit (Rehab) using criteria: Type 1Type 2 Servings/Meal15050
Resource Typing (ATV’s) NIMS 2008 Resource Typing Equipment Definitions categorizes ATV’s using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3Type 4 Number of Wheels 3468
Resource Typing (Field Mobile Mechanic) Washington State Chiefs Field Operations Guide categorizes Field Mobile Mechanic using criteria: Type 1Type 2 Repair CapabilityHeavy EquipmentLight Equipment
Resource Typing (ARFF) FAA categorizes ARFF using criteria: Type 1Type 2Type 3Type 4Type 5 Tank Capacity 3000-4500 Gal 1500 Gal500 Gal300 Gal100 Gal Chemical Capacity 460-1000 lbs. 450-500 lbs.
Resource Typing (HazMat Team) HZ 182 “HazMat 182” because it is stationed in Benton County CRZ 8, and is a Type 2 Team
Resource Typing (Rescue) Technical Rescue (TR) o Has the equipment requirements AND the staffing at the technician level to perform tasks that require this level of qualification TRT with KFD = TR 184 - “Technical Rescue 184” TRT with PFD = TR 284 - “Technical Rescue 284” TRT with RFD = TR 174 - “Technical Rescue 174” o All are Type 4 Teams per NIMS, though have additional capabilities that are in Type 3 but not all of them FCFD #3 Rescue Unit – R28-41 – “Rescue twenty eight forty one” Prosser FD #3 Rescue Unit – R13-41 “Rescue thirteen forty one” Big Trailer in KFD now TR 183. o It has Type 3 capabilities in the equipment but can only be a type 3 if it also has staffing to that level When the unit is a trailer then the tow vehicle is included in the unit number. That is it does not retain its own number. If a unit has rescue equipment but does not meet the minimum Type 4 configuration then it is a Utility (UT) o For example a vehicle with a set of jaws may be dispatched as a Utility OR o If a vehicle such as a command vehicle has a set of jaws it may be dispatched because it has this attribute in CAD
Personnel Resources CHIEFCHBATTALION CHIEFBC DUTY CHIEFDCDUTY OFFICERDO CAPTAINCTLIEUTENANTLT TRAININGTOMEDICAL OFFICERMO SAFETYSOPIOIO EROC LOGISTICSLO MAINTENANCEMACHAPLINCL FIRE MARSHALFMASST. FIRE MARSHALAM DEPUTY FIRE MARSHAL DMINSPECTORIP
Example “Old Apparatus Number” NIMS Apparatus “Kind” County Identifier County Resource Zone NIMS Apparatus Type Designator E61E1811 Ch81CH281 Gr421E1461 Old SystemNew System E61E1811 Ch81CH281 Gr421E1461
How to Say IT Apparatus Kind – Say the name, not the letter. For example E=Engine, M=Medic, etc. How to pronounce or say identifier if using 3 numerals – BC171 = Battalion One Seventy One AR281 = ARFF Two Eighty One How to pronounce or say identifier if using 4 numerals – E2811 = Engine Twenty-eight Eleven E3561 = Engine Thirty-five, Sixty-one
We are tracking resources in CAD, therefore pickups and cars that are available for people to use or respond in and which may or may not be assigned to a specific person are called UTILITIES. If the pickups or cars are assigned to a resource (chief, TO, MO, BC, etc.) they will assume the alias of the resource. For example: Utility Two Eight One (UT281) becomes Training Two Eight One when used by the training officer. When not in use by the training officer it retains the identifier of UT281. CAD Resource Tracking
The Issues No re-numbering scheme is perfect. This scheme, as proposed, has the least number of conflicts. However, there are conflicts. For example, both FCFD#3 and BCFD#1 have stations that are within city limits. Remember, that county resource zones are primarily determined by agency boundaries. Therefore: Old Apparatus Number NIMS Apparatus Kind County Identifier County Resource Zone Apparatus Type Designator E32E2815 E131E1816 E36E2831
What is not Changing There is no plan to change the station numbers. These numbers are immaterial to the proposed numbering scheme. For example, Pasco Fire Department St81 will house the following units: E2811 E2861 M2811 Franklin County St32 would house: E2814 E2863
Phased In Transition Timeline Agency training throughout the coming months December 1, 2012 - Single Resource Overhead/Personnel o Battalion Chiefs, Chiefs, Chaplains, Training and Medical Officers, Duty Chiefs and Duty Officers o Note: All agencies will start with 1 not zero. For example: CH 171 not CH 170, TO 281 not TO 280 etc. January 7, 2013 - Medic Units February 7, 2013 - Engines/Ladders/Platforms March 7, 2013 - Special Operations and everything else o CBDR, Dozers, ARFF, TRT, HazMat
Summary Resource Number = Resource Kind (alpha character(s)), County Identification Number, County Resource Zone, Apparatus Type, Designator. For Example: Pasco E81 would be re-numbered to E2811 NIMS Apparatus Kind County Identifier County Resource Zone (CRZ ) NIMS Apparatus Type Designator Changing the system is imperative. Our current system is not capable of growth and change and affects resource dispatching, tracking and ultimately firefighter safety!