Allen County (IN)
Allen County and Surrounding Areas with Major Routes
Trunked Radio System
Allen County makes minimal use of SAFE-T in all respects as it maintains its own trunked radio system, Allen County Public Safety. SAFE-T is the tertiary system to fall back to if both ACPS and the Allen County Government Services TRS are out of service. The Three Rivers Ambulance Authority (TRAA) makes use of SAFE-T when patient transports require it to go out of range of ACPS.
As of February 2, 2014, many agencies have been migrated to a new APCO-25 system in which most or all Talk Groups are operating with encryption.
Law Enforcement Agencies
Allen County emergency responders.
- Allen County Sheriff's Office (ACPD)
- Fort Wayne Police Department (FWPD)
- Indiana State Police (District 22)
ACPD and FWPD share a common set of radio signals. Most communication with ACFD and FWFD use plain English with a mix of specific signals still in use.
|1||Meet or "eyeball"|
|4B||Byron Station (ACPD Offices)|
|4C||Animal Control Shelter|
|7||Out of Service|
|11||Pick Up Prisoner|
|16||Pick Up Items|
|17||Read Motor Number|
|26||Vehicle Accident w/ Injuries|
|33J||Juvenile Locked Inside|
|35||Parked Vehicle - Unoccupied|
|38||Lost or Stolen License Plate|
|39U||Unauthorized Use of Vehicle|
|40H||Hold Up Alarm|
|40L||Listening Alarm (has microphone)|
|47||Removal of Articles|
|51A||Theft - Attempted|
|51IP||Theft - In Progress|
|51JO||Theft - Just Occurred|
|62||Person with Weapon|
|63||Attempt to Contact|
|63Z||Zachary Offender Check|
|64||Unable to Locate Person|
|72||Failure to Pay|
|80P||Serve Protective Order|
|84||Urgent - Lights & Sirens|
|85||At Once - Lights Only|
|86||City/County Property Involved|
|87||Begin Tour of Duty|
|88||End Tour of Duty|
|89||E.O.D. (Explosive Ordinance Device)|
|94||Out of Jurisdiction|
|100||Emergency Traffic Only|
|105||Officer Welfare Check|
|107||On the Air|
|111P||Deer Kill Permit|
|125||Tower Lights at Hillegas|
|126||Tower Lights at 4B|
|129||COPS (Community Oriented Policing)|
|130||Community Corrections (Home Detention)|
|154||Officer Needs Help1|
1 154 is the badge number of the late Patrolman Kenneth Stiverson of FWPD, who was fatally shot in the line of duty while negotiating with an escaped mental patient.
ACPD's First Dodge Charger
The Allen County Sheriff's Office (known as ACPD) has serviced the Allen County area since the first sheriff took office in 1824 and has had 50 sheriffs take office since then (including the current sheriff, Kenneth C. Fries).
ACPD is known for having a very strong K9 training program and provides such training for neighboring agencies, the Indiana State Police (which now has its own training program), as well as agencies from distant counties and states. ACPD was the second agency in the State of Indiana to have a SWAT/ERT team.
ACPD officers use their three digit badge numbers as their unit identifiers on the air. Occasionally, a unit will identify itself by its car number. Warrants units almost exclusively identify by their commission number and not their unit number. Some Fort Wayne units have unit numbers in these ranges, so mutual aid traffic may get confusing sometimes.
Known Unit Prefixes
- 100-300 - Officers
- 600-700 - Reserve Officers
- 800-900 - Marshall
- AC# - Animal Control/Field Service
- C### - Confinement Officer. Often, a jail van.
- CAR# - Commission (Typically Warrants Division)
- EH## - Extra Help (Not Reserves)
FWPD units are designated with an alpha prefix that may denote what sector that that unit is assigned to and then a three digit number, possibly corresponding to a badge number. When addressed, the phonetic for the sector prefix is used (e.g. "BAKER ONE-THIRTEEN"). So far, alpha prefixes are known to go as high as "O - Ocean".
Fire and Rescue Agencies
Allen County is served by a mix of career, volunteer and hybrid fire departments, including two city fire departments (the career Fort Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) and the hybrid New Haven Fire Department) and several township and "fire district" departments. Each department is independent of the others. As such, there is no Allen County Fire Department, per se. FWFD stations are dispatched on the city/county 800 MHz trunked radio system. All other departments are dispatched on the "Allen County fire" VHF frequency (154.010 MHz), although all departments have the capability to communicate with dispatchers on the city/county 800 MHz trunked radio system.
All departments, including FWFD, NHFD and departments that serve unincorporated areas of Allen County, use standard staging levels for emergency response situations.
- Level 1 - Lead pump to scene. All other units stage one block away
- Level 2 - All units stage at designated staging area
- Level 3 - Lead engine to scene. All other units stage near current location
- Level 4 - Task Force on station (1 engine, 1 tanker, 6-8 firefighters)
- Level 5 - Ambulance crew on station
- Level 6 - Lead engine to scene (lights & siren). All other units proceed quietly
Allen County Fire Departments
All Allen County fire departments, except for the Fort Wayne Fire Department, are dispatched on a simplex VHF frequency (154.01 MHz). This means that listeners might have trouble hearing field units unless they are close. Some departments, however, operate their own repeater system, the output of which is on the dispatch frequency. In those cases, it is possible to hear field units at a greater distance.
All Fort Wayne Fire Department apparatus are equipped only with 800 MHz radios. Most Allen County fire departments outside Fort Wayne have 800 MHz radios in at least some apparatus. These departments use the 800 MHz radios less frequently than the VHF radios. Typical uses of 800 Mhz by outlying departments include: 1.) to establish contact when VHF contact is unsuccessful, 2.) to communicate confidential or sensitive information to dispatchers, and 3.) to communicate with Fort Wayne Fire Department apparatus and/or dispatchers during responses involving both FWFD and other departments.
Listeners report that departments other than FWFD (which uses 800 MHz exclusively) made considerable use of the 800 MHz system after the June 29, 2013 derecho storm.
These have been reworked to match the city 700 codes
- 700 Evacuate Structure
- 701 Single Unit Can Handle
- 702 Two Units Can Handle
- 703 Three Units Can Handle
- 704 Working Fire
- 705 Send Unit (specify)
- 706 Second Alarm
- 707 Board Up requested
- 708 Request Arson Investigators
- 709 Request Knox Box Key Release
Each fire department that is dispatched on the Allen County fire VHF frequency is assigned a "base" number. In some cases, where departments have more than one station, the stations each have their own base numbers.
Most stations operate "on call" as needed. The exceptions are Huntertown Fire, Northeast Fire District (B-140), New Haven Fire Dept (B-10), Aboite Twp Fire Dept (B-180), and Poe Fire Dept. M-145 and M-45 truck one and two are two of only a few Paramedic ambulances operated in the county, which offer 24-hour service. If a station cannot be successfully raised via VHF after four minutes, the next closest/available station is dispatched (referred to as the "four minute protocol").
Fort Wayne Fire Department
FWFD is composed of 18 active fire stations (Station 3 is no longer active and serves as a historical building).
- 700 Emergency Evacuation Alert
- 701 First due in rig can handle
- 702 Two rigs can handle
- 703 Three rigs can handle
- 704 Working fire
- 705 Send extra pump
- 706 Two alarm fire
- 707 Board up scene
- 708 Fire Investigator
- 709 Knox Box Requests
Three Rivers Ambulance Authority
TRAA currently holds the contract with the City of Fort Wayne / Allen County for emergency medical services. TRAA will also make runs outside of the city limits to meet county rescue units to provide a paramedic or transfer a patient to an ALS ambulance as most county ambulances lack ALS equipment.
ACPD has enforcement power within the entire county, though the patrol division is assigned outside of the city limits; despite this, many enforcement activities are performed by ACPD within the city. FWPD officers are firmly limited in jurisdiction to the city limits. FWPD is empowered by the Allen County Sheriff and maintains its power of enforcement at his/her discretion. ACPD has divided the county into districts which are identified alphabetically (A through F).
The State of Indiana empowers these marshals, and Allen County has several outlying towns that employ/facilitate one or more marshals:
- Monroeville Monroeville PD (Unit 809)
- Woodburn PD (Formerly 812-#, now identify as WOODBURN #)
- Zanesville PD (Allen & Wells Counties)
- Churubusco PD (Whitley County, but maintains radio contact on ACPS TRS using Unit 836)
There are several other unit numbers believed to be town marshals but have not been associated with a particular locality:
Despite appearing to be conjoined with Fort Wayne, New Haven maintains its own police agency and has several fire houses under the control of the Allen County Fire Department, Adams Township. FWPD appears to have jurisdiction within New Haven, though patrols do not emphasize this area due to the empowerment of NHPD. NHPD relies mostly on marked Ford Police Interceptors, though is known to have unmarked CVPIs, one or more marked SUVs, and several marked Dodge Chargers.