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Codes/Units/Station Lists

Alleghany County Fire & EMS Stations

  • Alleghany County dispatches on 39.500 as well as 800 and uses multiple PL tones and sometimes none. The PL code listed of 110.9 is only one of several in use depending on location and units plus the situation in the field.
  • Alleghany County Fire and Rescue Dept. units now use special communications channels for contact between their units and lifeflight helicopters. Channels are referred to as "Warm Springs Helicopter Channel" or "East Helicopter Channel." West is referred to as "Peter's Mountain Helicopter Channel" or "West Helicopter Channel"
  • Believed to be one and the same channel but further monitoring is needed to make a definitive decision on 2 or 4 channels.

Company 1 - Iron Gate

Company 1 provides a First Responder service.

  • Wagon 1
  • Engine 1
  • Tanker 1
  • Truck 1
  • Iron Gate now has their own Rescue Squad which covers East End including backing up Rescue 1's areas.

Company 2/Rescue 1 - Clifton Forge

Rescue 1 covers calls in Clifton Forge, Iron Gate, Selma, Sharon, and Valley Ridge area. Rescue 1 covers all areas east of about the 17 MM on I-64

  • Ladder 2
  • Truck 20
  • Truck 21
  • Engine 24
  • Engine 25
  • Crash 14
  • Ambulance 15
  • Ambulance 16
  • Ambulance 17
  • Support 1
  • Response 1

Station 3 - Covington

Covington has two fire stations.

  • Utility 20
  • Engine 21
  • Engine 22
  • Engine 23
  • Truck 24
  • Engine 26
  • Command 1
  • Command 2
  • Command 3
  • Car 34
  • Ambulance 35
  • Ambulance 36
  • Ambulance 37
  • Crash 39

Station 4 - MeadWestvaco

Station 4 primarily covers the MeadWestvaco paper mill, but also provides backup to Covington and the surrounding area.

Station 5 - Boiling Springs

Station 6 - Dunlap

Dunlap has two fire stations.

  • Engine 6
  • Pumper 6
  • Squad 6
  • Brush 6
  • Utility 61
  • Ambulance 62
  • Brush 63
  • Tanker 64
  • Ambulance 65
  • Ambulance 67
  • Tanker 68

Station 7 - Falling Spring

  • Pumper 7
  • Tanker 7
  • Squad 7
  • Rescue 74

Company 8 - Sharon

Sharon has two fire stations. Company 8 provides a First Responder service.

  • Tanker 8
  • Engine 80
  • Attack 81
  • Engine 82
  • Brush 83
  • Engine 84
  • Utility 85
  • Rescue 87
  • Support 8

Company 9 - Selma

  • Brush 9
  • Engine 90
  • Engine 91
  • Utility 92
  • Engine 93
  • HazMat 94
  • Station 9 has added an EMS element to their station. Referred to as EMS 9. Unsure as to nature of or type of rescue equipment or personnel. Also has added "First Responders" to their station. (Actual type of call dispatched)

Alleghany County Sheriff Information

Alleghany County Sheriff, City of Covington and Clifton Forge have switched over to an advanced rolling code encryption on a Digital Nexedge system. They use their old analog frequencies for this system.

  • The full switchover occurred on November 15th 2011 although it was plagued with problems which have caused it to be virtually dropped for the last several years.
  • New radios have been provided to at least some VSP units that I would imagine would be those who work in the area regularly.
  • The rescue squads and possibly fire dept. vehicles have these radios in their units although they still use the open 800 and 39.5 channels for fire/ems comms.
  • The system allows them to revert to analog at any time should they so desire or in case of a digital system failure as well as communications with other agencies who do not have the new radios. They can go back and forth as they like from analog to digital encryption.
  • This system because of the Rolling Code Encryption is completely unmonitorable
  • COVINGTON PD has completely dropped use of this digital system some time back and has no plans to return to it. They don't like it at all. They are back on their old analog frequencies.

*NEW INFO AS OF 1/01/2014

  • Alleghany county SO appears to have fully working computers in their units now with which they get dispatched on as well as additional information on calls. This means quite a few calls go out over these computers rather than on the radio.
  • Also as of the new year it seems that Alleghany is concurrently using both analog and digital at deputy's/dispatcher's discretion. At least the usage has been up quite a bit over the last weeks. Cell phones are also still used.
  • It also appears that they have put up multiple towers around the county or something of the like as they often tell units to switch towers beyond just the old two. Handheld coverage has dramatically increased and improved. The units using HTs are often the ones told to switch towers with impressive results. They also have some type of voting system in place although it doesn't seem to work very well as noted above.
  • Bottom line this has reduced monitorable radio traffic in this area. How long it will last is up for debate as they frequently have been having radio problems. Then again maybe that should be 'Continue to have frequent radio problems.' :)

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