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CENTRAL FIRE DISPATCH SERVICES

 Last updated March 15, 2013

 

To some extent the lists of agencies served by dispatch centres does vary over time as contracts end and services are renegotiated.   Please let me know of any discrepancies.

This page is not intended to list the frequencies of the various fire departments being served.  For those please see my regional fire pages (via this access page).   In some cases I have listed radio frequencies for link or input radios located at the dispatch centre itself.

 

Dispatch centres are publicly or privately operated entities that provide dispatch and/or operational services for public service agencies, mostly fire departments.  Larger municipalities generally self-dispatch, for example Halifax, Truro and Cape Breton RM, but some sizeable towns do contract out to outside agencies.    Dispatch centres should not be confused with PSAPís which are the facilities that take calls from the public on 911.There are four PSAPís in Nova Scotia:†† Valley Dispatch in Kentville,RCMP Telecoms in Truro, the IES in Dartmouth, and the CBRM Dispatch Ctr.††† IES and CBRM serve their respective municipalities.Valley serves the western part of the province and RCMP serve the remainder of the province (Central, North and rural CB).†† Each of these is also a dispatch centre but they also send requests for service to the other dispatch centres including those for fire, police and ambulance.†† Thus in the southwest area for example, Valley Dispatch PSAP will send calls to Scotia Business Centre, Yarmouth Dispatch, RCMP Dispatch, Digby Dispatch, EHS Dispatch, Kentville Police and possibly others, but it will receive calls from the RCMP for the fire services it dispatches in, for example, Cumberland County.Note that in an overflow situation or if a PSAP goes out of service, 911 calls are automatically routed to another PSAP.

 

The main topic of this page is the fire dispatch centres in the province.†† There are a number of facebook pages and/or websites that report fire calls in the province.This list may not be complete.

 

 

The information below comes from many listeners around the province.  Invariably dispatch centres not only actually dispatch fire departments to incidents, they also conduct tests on a daily basis at or around pre-determined times, sometimes more than once per day.    It soon becomes clear who dispatches who.  Additionally all or most of these dispatch agencies are listed in the federal government TAFL along with the frequencies that they use.†† A great deal of the information for the south shore and Yarmouth area is courtesy of Doug, with updates in 2013 from Evan.

 

The four dispatch centres serving the southwest area of Nova Scotia (Valley, Digby, Yarmouth and Scotia) to some extent use the TMR to communicate with fire departments, and in doing so generally use the EO-W talk groups.The province (PSFCO) has authorized them to each use one of the four EO-Wís.

 

1. VALLEY DISPATCH .   Valley Dispatch is located at 217 Belcher Street in Kentville.

 

    Valley Dispatch appears to be the largest privately owned and operated dispatch centre in Nova Scotia.   Not only does it dispatch more VFD's than anyone else, it is also a PSAP 911 call-taking centre and in this capacity serves Kentville and the surrounding area but can take overflows from elsewhere when required.   Reports and TAFL listings indicate that they dispatch the following departments but this list is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.

   

 


Annapolis County

 

Colchester County

Cumberland County


Hants County
 

Kings County

Lunenburg County


Queens County

 

Annapolis Royal
Bridgetown
Lawrencetown
Margaretville
Middleton
Nictaux
Port Lorne
Springfield

Bass River
Bible Hill
Brookfield
Cobequid
Debert
Economy
Five Islands
Great Village
Hilden
North river
Onslow-Belmont
Salmon River
Special Hazards
Stewiacke
Tatamagouche
Upper Stewiacke
Valley-Kemptown
 

Advocate
Collingwood
FPW
(Fox Pt, Port Greville, Wards Brook)
Joggins
Leicester
Oxford
Parrsboro
Pugwash
River Hebert
Shinimicas
Southampton
Tidnish
Truemanville
Wallace
Wentworth
Westchester

Brooklyn
Indian Brook
Elmsdale
Gore
Hantsport
Kennetcook
Lantz
Maitland
Milford
Nine Mile River
Noel
Rawdon
Shubie
Summerville
Walton Shore
Windsor

Can also communicate with Enfield Fire (dispatched by HRM)

Aylesford
Berwick
Canning
Greenwich
Halls harbor
Kentville
Kingston
New Minas
Port Williams
Waterville
Wolfville

Valley Search & Rescue

Kentville Public Works

New Ross
 

Charleston
Greenfield
Liverpool
Mill Village
North Queens
Port Midway

West Queens First Responders

 

Valley connects with its contracted agencies either by telephone dial-up or by direct or linked radio inputs to the agency's system or via IMRS repeaters.   It is not clear if Valley can actually communicate in a two-way manner with agencies that have dial-up paging; however it does have a TMR console and can communicate with departments on the EO talk groups as well as private fire department talk groups possessed by some departments.  The following chart indicates as of August 2012 the direct radio links from Valley in Kentville to the agencies with whom it does have two way contact.   This array of links requires a variety of beam antennas at the Valley Dispatch site.

 

Valley Dispatch Direct Radio Inputs, with Transmitting Antenna at 217 Belcher St, Kentville

Transmit

Receive

Comment

138.135

142.125

Link to Barr Settlement East Hants Repeater on 154.46

138.33

142.32

Link to Sugarloaf Cumberland County repeater system

138.81

142.8

Link to Barr Settlement for onwards to Colchester County system

148.885

143.625

Direct input to Garland IMRS GSS rptr, for Valley Search & Rescue

149.32

154.34

Direct input to Hantsport Fire Dept repeater on Bog Rd, South Mtn.

149.53

153.86

Direct input to Kentville Fire Dept repeater on Canaan Mtn

152.405

152.405

Simplex with New Minas VFD

153.86

153.86

Simplex with Kentville VFD

154.13

151.805

Direct input to DND IMRS fire repeater for Bridgetown VFD

154.28

151.325

F.P.W. FIRE DEPARTMENT Cumberland (might be obsolete)

154.8

152.915

Direct input to Aylesford VFD repeater on Canaan Mtn

155.58

151.46

Direct input to Windsor VFD repeater at Martock

155.76

154.43

Direct input to Wolfville VFD repeater at 1121 Ridge Rd.

157.425

151.85

Direct input to Kingston VFD repeater at Stronach Mtn.

157.665

152.09

Direct input to Middleton VFD repeater on Gates Mtn

157.98

152.405

Direct input to New Minas VFD repeater on Canaan Mtn

158.64

153.125

Direct input to Greenwich VFD repeater on Canaan Mtn

158.805

153.77

Direct input to E Hants Paging transmitter at Barr Settlement

159.525

155.985

Direct input to Waterville VFD repeater at Woodville

169.35

165.66

Direct input to Canning VFD repeater on North Mtn

172.02

169.125

Direct input to Kenville Public Works Dept repeater on Prospect Rd

414.925

419.925

Link to Clairmont, Cumberland for Oxford VFD's 169.44 rptr

453.3625

453.3625

Simplex link to Summerville VFD, operating on 154.71 simplex

464.1375

464.1375

Simplex link to Etter Hill for Brooklyn VFD 152.30 repeater

 


 

 

 

2. DIGBY  DISPATCH    The list below is not considered to be complete.  Please email updates to me      marscan1 AT gmail.com

 

Clare Rural Municipality

Digby Rural Municipality

Annapolis County

Southville
New Tusket & Havelock
Weymouth
St Bernard
Little Brook

Smiths Cove
Digby
Digby Neck
Freeport
Tiverton
Westport
Bear River
Brighton & Barton
Plympton & Gilberts Cove

 

Annapolis Royal PD (`432`)
 

 

 

 

3. SCOTIA BUSINESS CENTRE

    This centre is located in Bridgewater and dispatches all departments in the Lunenburg County with the exception of New Ross (dispatched by Valley Dispatch) and as well some in Shelburne County.   This list is provided in January 2009 directly by Scotia Business Centre.   TAFL lists the following frequencies for SBC:   154.22 to activate the 152.21 Sherwood fire grid repeater, 154.34 simplex to communicate with Bridgewater Fire (and possibly other Bridgewater town divisions), and as well a paging frequency of 167.1 MHz.     It is thought  that other than this direct use of radio, SBC activates other paging transmitters via landlines.   Note that Hubbards was taken over by Scotia in 2010 after several years of service by HRM.Several departments were transferred from Roseway Dispatch when it ceased operations in 2012.

 


Blandford
Blockhouse
Bridgewater
CGC
(Churchover Gunning Cove)
Chester
Chester Basin
Conquerall Bank
Cornwall
Dayspring
Harbour
(NE & NW)
Hebbs Cross
Hebbville
Hemford


Hubbards
Indian Point
Ingomar/Roseway
Italy Cross
Jordan Falls
LaHave
Lapland
Little Harbour
Lockeport
Lunenburg
Mahone Bay
Martins River

Midville
 


New Germany
Northfield
Oakhill
Petite Riviere
Pleasantville
Riverport
Sable River
Tancook
Tri District
(Bakers Settlement, Newcombville, Chelsea)
United Communities
Walden
Western Shore

Wileville
 

 

   

4. YARMOUTH CONTROL

 

    For frequency details and some information regarding links from Yarmouth Control to the departments click here.

 

 

Yarmouth County

Shelburne County

East Kemptville
East Pubnico
Eel Brook
West Pubnico
Amiraultís Hill
Lake Vaughan (Belleville)
Wedgeport-Plymouth
Carleton
Quinan
Port Maitland
Valley & District (Deerfield)
Lakes & District (Lake George)
Little River
Islands & District (Surettes Island)

South Ohio
Yarmouth

Barrington
Shelburne (town)
Island & Barrington Passage
Port Latour
Woods Harbour/Shag
Harbour
Port Clyde
Middle/Upper Ohio

 
 

5. STELLARTON POLICE DEPT

 

    Stellarton PD not only dispatches itself, it also serves many fire departments in the Pictou area:

 

Stellarton Fire
Westville Fire
Alma Fire
West River Fire
Plymouth Fire
Eureka Fire

Caribou Fire
Blue Mountain Fire
Linacy Fire
East River Valley Fire
Merigomish Fire

Thorburn Fire
Barneys River Fire
Scotsburn Fire
River John Fire
Pictou Landing Reserve Fire
Pictou Fire
 

 

6. NEW GLASGOW POLICE DEPT

    New Glasgow PD dispatches a few VFD's in the Pictou area:  Trenton, Little Harbour, Pictou Landing, Abercrombie

 


 7. CANSO DISPATCH

 

        Canso Dispatch is operated by the Strait Area Mutual Assistance Association.   Information is needed regarding the dispatch location; however it is thought to be a dial up system in which the dispatcher uses a land-line to connect to a remote paging site.   All sites are on 153.920 MHz and are simulcast.   According to TAFL the page sites are: Mabou, Whycocomagh, Oban, Fairmont and Evanston.   This service covers areas of Antigonish and Inverness Counties.      Check the fire frequency page for departments involved.  Any department in that region served by 153.920 is part of this system.

 

 

 

8. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY

 

    HRM operates its own dispatch centre (referred to in-house as Integrated Emergency Services).   This is the PSAP 911 call-taking centre for the Halifax Regional Municipality and as well dispatches both the HRM Fire Service and the Halifax Regional Police, and the Halifax Detachment of the RCMP.      Additionally the IES dispatches the following VFD's lying outside HRM:    Mount Uniacke and Enfield.      All fire stations are paged out on VHF(151 to 154 range) with a backup system on conventional 800 MHz transmitters. Following paging, communications with the centre are on the TMR.  

 

9. SHUBIE RADIO

 

    Shubie Radio is is operated as a unit of the provincial Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.  In the past it was part of the Department of Natural Resources adn still does at least some dispatch work for that department. and also dispatches some of the smaller components of the provincial government such as Vehicle Compliance, Motor Carrier (bus inspectors and Justice.  At one time they were quite active in coordinating the use of the NS Integrated Mobile Radio System when it was a linked system with several networks.   Shubie Radio currently pages the following volunteer fire departments, presumably by dial-up paging: East River St Mary's, Sherbrooke, Harbourview, St Mary's District, Aspen, Glen Elg. 
 

10. EHS DISPATCH

 

This is a private in-house dispatch service for the province's ambulance system.  It is not known to dispatch any fire departments but does at times communicate directly with fire department medical first responders via the MFR talk groups of the TMR.  EHS Dispatch is based in Burnside and covers the whole province and is exclusively on the TMR.  For more information see my EHS webpage.

 

11.  RCMP DISPATCH

 

This is a Truro-based in-house dispatch service for all RCMP services in Nova Scotia except for municipal policing in HRM and Metro Traffic Services, which are dispatched by the HRM Dispatch Centre listed above.   In the past the RCMP did contract to page a few rural fire departments; however that is not thought to be the case any longer.

 

Note that there are of course many other in-house dispatch centres for private users and individual public safety organizations.   Note also that Parks Canada in Cape Breton Highlands and perhaps Kejimkujik are dispatched from outside the province.