Mastering the Ten Codes

By Sally Smith

Are you new to the world of firefighting? Firefighters are some of the most indispensable community members. Not only do they save lives on a regular basis, but they are also responsible for keeping our property and communities safe from fire hazards.

 

If you are looking to join this noble profession, then one thing you will need to learn is the firefighter codes, also known as the ten codes. These are verbal instructions given from a dispatcher over a radio and signify important information you will need to do your job. Read on to learn more about firefighter codes and some tips on how to learn them.

 

Ten Codes for FirefightersFirefighter codes

 

Here are the ten codes that firefighters need to know. As you can see, there are many of them that are meant to cover a wide variety of different commands and reports. The commands are verbal and are expressed as “ten-” followed by the corresponding number.

 

  • 10-0 Caution
  • 10-1 Unable to copy — change location
  • 10-2 Signal good
  • 10-3 Stop transmitting
  • 10-4 Acknowledgement (OK)
  • 10-5 Relay
  • 10-6 Busy — stand by unless urgent
  • 10-7 Out of service
  • 10-8 In service
  • 10-18 Quickly
  • 10-19 Return to …
  • 10-20 Location
  • 10-21 Call … by telephone
  • 10-22 Disregard
  • 10-23 Arrived at scene
  • 10-24 Assignment completed
  • 10-33 Emergency
  • 10-39 Urgent — use light, siren
  • 10-40 Silent run — no light, siren
  • 10-41 Beginning tour of duty
  • 10-42 Ending tour of duty
  • 10-43 Information
  • 10-50 Accident (fatal, personal injury, property damage)
  • 10-51 Wrecker needed
  • 10-52 Ambulance needed
  • 10-60 Squad in vicinity
  • 10-61 Isolate self for message
  • 10-62 Reply to message
  • 10-63 Prepare to make written copy
  • 10-64 Message for local delivery
  • 10-65 Net message assignment
  • 10-66 Message cancellation
  • 10-67 Clear for net message
  • 10-68 Dispatch information
  • 10-69 Message received
  • 10-70 Fire
  • 10-71 Advise nature of fire
  • 10-72 Report progress on fire
  • 10-73 Smoke report
  • 10-74 Negative
  • 10-75 In contact with …
  • 10-76 En route …
  • 10-77 ETA (estimated time of arrival)
  • 10-78 Need assistance
  • 10-79 Notify coroner
  • 10-84 If meeting … advise ETA
  • 10-85 Delayed due to …
  • 10-86 Officer/operator on duty
  • 10-87 Pick up/distribute checks
  • 10-88 Present telephone number of …
  • 10-97 Check (test) signal

 

Tips on how to learn the firefighter codes

 

These codes are very important because they give firefighters and other emergency personnel a way to communicate efficiently. Each code explains exactly what’s happening without going into detail and wasting valuable time.

Find the Firefighter Code of Ethics here.

 

Therefore, it is very important that you learn these codes too if you want to be a firefighter. While it may look like a lot, these firefighter codes aren’t that difficult to remember if you practice. If needed, you can quiz yourself using flashcards or get a friend to help read from a list and ask you the correct responses. You can also try writing them down as a way to study, as research has shown that writing something down will help embed it in your memory. Reviewing the codes before going to sleep each night will help too.

 

Regardless of how you learn them, mastering these firefighter codes will help take you one step closer to your career as a firefighter.

Motorola Minitor V

By Sally Smith

 

Are you a firefighter, EMT, police officer, or other first-responder for hazards and accidents? If so, you probably need a reliable, handy device to stay in touch with your colleagues and receive notifications about emergencies.

 

Generally, most emergency-response team members rely on analog voice pagers to receive information about work. You’ll want something durable, that will hold up over time and will give you decent reception so that you can hear the important information that your boss is trying to share with you. In fact, having the right communication tools is vital for you to do your job.

 

While you’ve probably thought a lot about different systems of communication, have you considered the Motorola Minitor line of devices? With their recent addition of the Minitor V, this device is an excellent choice for all first-responders. Let’s take a closer look at how you can use the Minitor 5 to help you make your community a safer place.Motorola Minitor 5

 

What is the Motorola Minitor V?

 

The Minitor V is a small analog pager used primarily by firefighters, paramedics, and other emergency response team members. It is about the same size as a pack of cigarettes, which makes it extremely portable. They are used to notify other staff of an emergency and also convey vital information needed in order for the staff to do their jobs.

 

The device operates on both short and long wave frequencies. Normally, it remains on “standby mode,” silent until there is a call. Then, once the voice transmitter is activated, the device will stay on until the rest of the audio has finished playing, much like a scanner. Then, the user can set it back to “standby mode.” Users report that the audio is clear and information can be readily heard, without all of the crackle one usually hears on radio transmitters.

 

The Benefits of the Minitor V

 

The Minitor 5 allows you to receive information from two different channels, so it can be very helpful if the user belongs to different response teams. That way, you’ll be able to receive information from both your EMT crew and your firefighting team if you happen to be on-call for both in one night. It will also allow you to set the device on vibrate, so it doesn’t disturb at events with other people present (like a church service!). You can also program the different buttons on the device to do what you want, such as the afore-mentioned vibration feature.

 

In addition, the Minitor 5 is rainproof, so it won’t completely fall apart if you’re working on a rainy day. Users report that it feels solid in their hands and durably built, so that it can withstand the wear and tear that always comes with the job.

 

Are There Any Drawbacks?

 

The one drawback that several users have cited is that the vibration function is very strong. In fact, sometimes if the device is placed on a nightstand it has been known to vibrate itself right onto the floor. Users also report that in some cases where there is low reception, the device will beep once and messages can get missed, but this is rare.

 

Without a doubt, the Minitor V is a great tool for your important job as an emergency-response team member. With it, you will be able to do your job more effectively and contribute to your community.