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Seattle Fire Department Radio Feed

This feed scans all Seattle Fire Department operations radio talk groups. Tactical channels are prioritized above dispatch. Long periods of silence are normal when there is no radioactivity. This feed is delayed about 30 seconds from real-time radio traffic.

This feed supports Alpha Tags, allowing listeners to see which channel and radio are currently transmitting. Not all streaming applications display alpha tags. The alpha tag displays the current Channel and transmitting Radio ID.

See a real-time list of dispatched SFD incidents (including locations and responding units) HERE.
PulsePoint is also a good application to see the status of responding units, available online and for mobile.

Look-up Emergency Reports (time-stamps for dispatch, responding, on-scene, in-service) HERE.
See a map of all SFD Battalions, Stations, and Apparatus locations HERE.

Scanner Location: The Ballard neighborhood in Seattle, WA, near 15th Ave NW & NW Market St.
Scanner Equipment: Uniden BCT15X scanner connected to a dedicated server running ProScan.

System: Seattle-King County Public Safety (KCERS) (Analog Motorola Type II SmartZone)
Site: 001 (1) Seattle Simulcast – Primary control channel: 853.17500c

Note: Due to Broadcastify terms of service requirements, some talk groups including ambulance-to-hospital and fire investigation communications are intentionally not scanned on this feed. These talk groups are indicated by a strikethrough on the channel list below.

Scanned Channels List:
(? indicates a priority channel that will interrupt non-priority channels)

TGID Ch# Channel Name Channel Description
ZONE 1: SFD Primary
1648 1 Fire 1 Primary Fire Response Channel
1680 2 Fire 2 Secondary Fire Response Channel
1712 3 Fire 3 Tertiary Fire Response Channel
1744 4 Dispatch 4 City-Wide Computer-Aided Dispatch Channel
1776 5 Dispatch 5 Communication with Fire Alarm Center dispatch
1808 6 Medical 6 Primary Medical Response Channel
2096 7 Medical 7 Secondary Medical Response Channel
2000 8 Medic One Doc Communication with Harborview Medic One Doctor (not scanned)
1968 9 Ambulance 9 Requests for ambulances from American Medical Response (BLS)
???? 10 Talk/Message 10 Multipurpose unit-to-unit talk channel (not scanned – TGID unknown)
1840 11 Command 11 Command Channel for Primary Fire Response (1)
1872 12 Command 12 Command Channel for Secondary Fire Response (2)
2064/2512? 13 Command 13 Command Channel for Tertiary Fire Response (3) (exact TGID unknown)
2128 14 EMERGENCY 14 Emergency Button Channel, auto-switches when a button is pressed. (Alert tone added)
1936 15 RIT 15 Rapid Intervention Team channel for firefighter rescue
1904 16 MAYDAY 16 Mayday (distress) Tactical Channel, Non-mayday traffic switches to here
ZONE 2: SFD Special Events
N/A 1 State Ops 1D Inter-Agency Mutual Aid Non-Repeated Channel (not scanned)
N/A 2 State Ops 4D Inter-Agency Mutual Aid Non-Repeated Channel (not scanned)
N/A 3 State Ops 3D Inter-Agency Mutual Aid Non-Repeated Channel (not scanned)
???? 4-7 Event (47) Channels 4-7 are for Special Events (not scanned – TGIDs unknown)
2032 8 Trauma Doc Communication with Harborview Trauma Doctor (not scanned)
???? 9 Harborview Communication with Harborview Medical Center (not scanned)
???? 10-13 Event (1013) Channels 10-13 are for Special Events (not scanned – TGIDs unknown)
3088 14 Event 14 Special Event Channel
3120 15 Event 15 Special Event Channel
2128 16 (Emergency) Emergency Button Channel (same as Zone 1 Channel 14)
No channels in Zone 3 or higher are scanned on this feed.

If you know the Talkgroup ID for any of the “TGID unknown” entries listed above, please let me know!

Seattle Fire Department Common Terminology:

                                                                                                         What it Means Code

Red Respmeans code emergency lights & siren. Default response.
Code Yellow Respond without emergency lights & siren. Follow traffic laws. A “code yellow rescue response” is almost always an elevator entrapment without injuries.
Code Green Cancel response. In-service returning.
Code Blue Request for an immediate police response. This is often due to an assaultive patient. Other calls for immediate police assistance include “fast backup” and “help the firefighter.”
“Cross of…” Indicates the nearest cross-streets on either side of the indicated address.
Fire Response Firefighters respond in turnout gear. Response varies depending on the structure, 911 report, etc.
Engine Engine Company with the ability to pump water. Engines primarily carry hoses and nozzles. 
Ladder Ladder/truck Company with a tall (typically 100 ft.) aerial ladder. They primarily carry ground ladders and extrication tools.
Battalion Refers to the Battalion Chief. The city is divided into five geographic battalions. Each Battalion Chief drives a Fire Department SUV.
Aid Response Medical response requiring EMTs (any Seattle firefighters) who are Basic Life Support (BLS) qualified. Aid units are ambulances staffed with Firefighter/EMTs.
Medic Response Medical response requiring Paramedics who are Advanced Life Support (ALS) qualified. Medic units are ambulances staffed with Firefighter/Paramedics.
Med-6 Response Medical response requiring at least 6 members for severe patient injury/trauma.
Med-7 Response Medical response requiring at least 7 members for CPR in-progress or respiratory/cardiac arrest.
Q-Medic Response Quick Medic Response. Details are still unknown, but likely an incident that requires paramedics quickly.
Full Response Confirmed working fire (1st alarm/1-11). Several units are sent.
2-11 thru 5-11 X-11 indicates the number of alarms, so 5-11 = 5-alarm fire. Resources are added for each alarm.
Heavy Rescue Rescue requiring patient extrication. Often overturned vehicle incidents.
MCI Response Multiple Casualty Incident. Involves many patients.
RIT/RIG Rapid Intervention Team. A dedicated engine or ladder company standing-by for firefighter rescue.
MDC/MDT Mobile Data Computer/Terminal. This is the computer in every apparatus that displays additional run information.
HMC Harborview Medical Center. The level one trauma center for Washington, located on First Hill.
C&C Request for “cops” (police officers) and a coroner for a deceased patient investigation.
FAC The Fire Alarm Center is the dispatch center for the Seattle Fire Department. It is near Fire Station 10 and the Seattle Emergency Operations Center.
CAD Computer-Aided Dispatch. Unit assignment and initial dispatch is automatically performed by a computer dispatch system. There is a medical tone or a fire tone at dispatch.
Move Up The CAD system will occasionally “move up” available units to the fire stations of out-of-service units in order to reduce incident response times for that area of the city.
80-series Any apparatus designator in the “80-series” (such as E80, M85, etc.) is a reserve apparatus staffed during times of very high call volume.
90-series Any apparatus designator in the “90-series” (such as E92, L90, etc.) is a training division apparatus that is able to be staffed during times of exceptionally high call volume.

Typical Radio Dispatch Order of Events:

  1. Computer Aided Dispatch on Channel 4
  2. Dispatcher addresses responding unit on response channel (typically 1 for Fire, 6 for EMS)
  3. Responding unit(s) acknowledge that they’re responding (first unit repeats address, others say “OK”)
  4. Dispatcher describes the incident in greater detail (this is called “the shoot”).

QUESTIONS about SFD radio terminology or the feed in general go to terminolgy link