Durham County (ON)
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Durham Region Information/Overview
The Regional Municipality of Durham, informally referred to as Durham Region, is a regional municipality located in Southern Ontario east of Toronto, Ontario. It has an area of approximately 2,500 square kilometres. Durham Region is considered part of the Greater Toronto Area, with the communities of Oshawa, Whitby, and Clarington making up the Oshawa Census Metropolitan Area. The regional government is headquartered in Whitby.
The Region of Durham was established in 1974 as one of several new regional governments in the Province of Ontario, primarily in fast-growing urban and suburban areas. Durham Region encompasses areas that were previously part of Ontario County and the United Counties of Northumberland and Durham. It was the culmination of a series of studies into municipal governance in the "Oshawa-Centred Region" that had begun in the late 1960s.
Durham Region is located in the area generally referred to as South-Central Ontario. It is bordered by Toronto to the west, Northumberland County to the east, York Region to the north, and Lake Ontario to the south.
Durham Region consists of the following local municipalities:
- The City of Pickering
- The Town of Ajax
- The Town of Whitby
- The City of Oshawa
- The Municipality of Clarington
- The Township of Uxbridge
- The Township of Scugog
- The Township of Brock
Durham Region policing is done by the Durham Regional Police Services. They are dispatched from the 17 Division Headquarters in Oshawa. They are using a radio system that is not monitorable by any scanner.
The Ontario Provincial Police is responsible for the patroling of the 400 series highways and provincial controlled highways, like highway 7. They are dispatched from the Orillia Comm Centre on the Fleetnet System.
Fire Service is provided by each municipality within Durham Region. The southern region uses the Durham Region Motorola System, while the northern townships use the Fleetnet system.
Ontario Provincial Police
The Ontario Provincial Police use the Bell Mobility Fleetnet Zone 1 system for most of their communications. All communications on the Operational Talkgroups are APCO25. Interagency talkgroups are generally analog but are rarely used. The OPP also make use of analog mobile repeaters and wide area analog repeaters for portable coverage.
The Whitby detachment patrols the highways within Durham Region and services the Manvers Township area.
They are active on the following digital APCO25 talkgroups:
||Aurora 5B -1OPS38 (5A- RHQ )
||Burlington 5C - 1OPS39
||Cambridge 5E - 1OPS41
||Toronto 5F - 1OPS42
||Niagara Region 5G - 1OPS43
||Port Credit 5I - 1OPS44
||Whitby 5K - 1OPS45
||Aurora 5L - 1OPS46 Highway 407 ETR
During normal operations, the Orillia Comm Centre will patch two talkgroups together. The following patches are usually in place on the system:
The Whitby and Toronto talkgroups are usually patched together, along with the Toronto MTO Enforcement talkgroup.
Special Operations and Events will be found on the Tactical talkgroups. Orillia Comm Centre is assigned 1TAC04 - 1TAC08.
Soft ID's for GTR/Durham Region
- 5Alpha - Orillia Region Headquarter Units
- 5Foxtrot - Toronto Units
- 5Kilo - Whitby Units
Most communications can be heard on the Whitby Site, while Pontypool Site is used on the eastern portion and Sunderland Site for the northern portion:
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If you do not have a digital scanner, it is sometimes possible to still listen to the OPP using one of their mobile analog repeaters (VR01, VR02 or VR03) or a wide area analog repeater (BEAT01, BEAT02 or URBAN).
The mobile and wide area analog repeater frequencies can be found on the Fleetnet Conventional Frequencies Page.
The mobile repeater channel VR01 is the main channel for all mobile repeaters in Durham Region.
VR01 is used by the Highway Safety Division units which patrol Highway 401.
VR03 is used for special events and for aircraft intercepts.
Ministry of Health (EMS Services)
Ambulance Service is provided throughout Durham Region by the Ministry of Health. Communications will be found in analog on the Bell Mobility Fleetnet Zone 1 system. The two talkgroups used for Durham Region are Oshawa North and Oshawa South.
When units are not on a call and waiting to be dispatched, they will monitor Oshawa South and when they are on a call or at a hospital, they will monitor Oshawa North. The Oshawa Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACC) talkgroups are:
||MOH OSH ALRT
||MOH OSH ALRT
||MOH OSH CACC
||MOH OSH N
||MOH OSH S
||MOH OSH TAC1
||MOH OSH TAC2
||MOH OSH TAC3
||MOH OSH SPR
The Ministry of Health also utilizes several conventional frequencies:
||MOH Air Amb
||ORNGE Air Ambulance Fixed Wing
||ORNGE Air Ambulance Base
These include several vehicular repeater frequencies utilized when ambulance personnel are away from their vehicles, station paging, a common simplex channel and a backup tactical channel.
If an accident is serious enough, the Air Ambulance could be called in. In the southern part of Durham Region, listeners might be able to hear the output of the repeater located near Aurora in York Region. If not able to hear the output of the repeater, then listening to the input will allow the helicopter to be heard. Communications between Oshawa CACC, land ambulances and the Air Ambulance generally take place on Provincial Common, 150.1000.
Once enroute to the hospital, the crew will request a patch to the hospital. Generally Tac 1 and Tac 2 are used for patches to hospitals within Durham Region. Oshawa CACC will call alert the hospital and then patch the Tac channel assigned with the specific hospital talkgroup. Normally, it is only necessary to program in the Tac channels although sometimes, the hospital talkgroup is the talkgroup the patch is setup on.
Durham EMS Apparatus Listing
- 3004 3100 3101 3111 3112 3113 3116 3117 3118 3120 3121 3122 3123 3125 3127 3128 3150 3151 3152 3153 3154 3157 3158 3162 3164 3165 3167 3193 3237 3259 3265 3289 3290 3299 3325 3344 3346 3388 3389 3390 3391 3517
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In Durham Region, each municipality, city and township, provides their own fire service. In the southern region, fire services are provided via the Durham Region Motorola System. The northern Townships have migrated to the Fleetnet System.
Durham Region Fire Departments
A new numbering system was implemented for Durham Region in 2013. Station and unit numbers were given a single-digit prefix, with the number referring to the municipalities. The numbers started with Clarington in the east at 1, moving toward Pickering in the west at 5. Numbers 6, 7 and 8 are used in the northern rural townships.
- 1 - Clarington Emergency and Fire Services
- Sta. #11 - 2430 Durham Highway 2, between Clarington Blvd. and Martin Rd., Bowmanville
- Sta. #12 - 3333 King Avenue West, Newcastle
- Sta. #13 - 5708 Main St. between Taunton Rd. and Millson Hill Dr., Orono
- Sta. #14 - 2611 Trulls Rd. between Sandringham Dr. and Strathallan Dr., Courtice
- Sta. #15 - 2354 Concession 8 @ Durham Regional Road 57, Enniskillen
- 2 - Oshawa Fire Services
- Sta. #21 - 199 Adelaide Ave. West @ Arena St.
- Sta. #22 - 1111 Simcoe St. South @ Ritson Rd. South
- Sta. #23 - 50 Beatrice St. East @ Mary St. North
- Sta. #24 - 50 Harmony Rd. North across from Beaufort Ave.
- Sta. #25 - 1550 Harmony Rd. North @ Coldstream Dr.
- 3 - Whitby Fire and Emergency Services
- Sta. #31 - 6745 Baldwin St. (aka Highway 12) between Carnwith Dr. East and Columbus Rd. East, Brooklin
- Sta. #32 - 1600 Manning Rd. @ Thickson Rd.
- Sta. #33 - 1501 Brock St. South @ Victoria St.
- Sta. #34 - 734 Dundas St. West between Cochrane St. and Wellington St.
- Sta. #35 - 111 McKinney Dr. @ Taunton Rd.
City/Towns on Durham Region Motorola System
- Clarington, Municipality
- Oshawa, City of
- Whitby, Town of
- Ajax, Town of
- Pickering, City of
The following list are the talkgroups used by the fire services:
||Oshawa-Whitby Fire Dispatch
||O TAC 1
||Oshawa Fire Tac 1
||O TAC 2
||Oshawa Fire Tac 2
||O TAC 3
||Oshawa Fire Tac 3
||O TAC 4
||Oshawa Fire Tac 4
||O TAC 5
||Oshawa Fire Tac 5
||Oshawa Fire Spare
||R TAC 1
||R TAC 2
||R TAC 3
||R TAC 4
||W TAC 1
||Whitby Fire Tac 1
||W TAC 2
||Whitby Fire Tac 2
||W TAC 3
||Whitby Fire Tac 3
||W TAC 4
||Whitby Fire Tac 4
||W TAC 5
||Whitby Fire Tac 5
|| C TAC 1
||Clarington Fire Tac 1
||C TAC 2
||Clarington Fire Tac 2
||C TAC 3
||Clarington Fire Tac 3
||C TAC 4
||Clarington Fire Tac 4
||C TAC 5
||Clarington Fire Tac 5
||P TAC 1
||Pickering Fire Tac 1
||P TAC 2
||Pickering Fire Tac 2
||P TAC 3
||Pickering Fire Tac 3
||P TAC 4
||Pickering Fire Tac 4
||P TAC 5
||Pickering Fire Tac 5
||A TAC 1
||Ajax Fire Tac 1
||A TAC 2
||Ajax Fire Tac 2
||A TAC 3
||Ajax Fire Tac 3
||A TAC 4
||Ajax Fire Tac 4
||A TAC 5
||Ajax Fire Tac 5
||Oshawa/Whitby Fire MOSCAD
||Ajax Fire Dispatch
||Ajax Fire MOSCAD
||Pickering Fire MOSCAD
||Pickering Fire Dispatch
Durham Fire Codes
List of Codes used by Durham Region Fire Departments
- 4 Open Door
- 5 Working Fire
- 6 Time of arrival
- 7 Assistance required
- 8 Arrived
- 9 Time of return
- 10 Lay a line
- 11 Medical call
- 17 ID of Incident commander
- 22 Hold all extra units
- 30 Possible Suicide
- 33 Arson 45 Fatality
- 50 Vehicle problems
- 53 Vehicle refuel
- 60 Contact by phone RED Chemical/Dangerous goods ORANGE Overdose -or- Use Caution Due to Intoxicated Person(s) at Scene
Townships on the Fleetnet System
- Brock, Township
- Scugog, Township
- Uxbridge, Township
North Durham Region fire talkgroups are as follows:
Oshawa, City of
The City of Oshawa, had moved their city services to the Durham Region Motorola System since the system was activated. Those services and their talkgroup assignments are below:
||City Property Management 1
||City/Fire Liason Channel
||Parking Meter Maintenance
||City Property Management 2 - Security
Whitby, Town of
The Town of Whitby, has been moving their town services to the Durham Region Motorola System since 2010. Those services and their talkgroup assignments are below:
||Works Dispatch (Front Desk)
Unknown location talkgroup
- 1776 has been monitored by a user calling for by-law. Location not given. Please help us identify this talkgroup.
Marine Rescue Agencies
Since the early 1970's, the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary units Comra Marine Rescue Association (COMRA) and the Pickering Auxiliary Rescue Association (PARU) have been dedicated Marine Search and Rescue teams, covering the waters of Lake Ontario in the Durham Region. Annually, the Auxiliary responds to approximately 25% of nearly 7000 marine SAR incidents. This translates into more than 200 lives saved each year.
The talkgroups on the Durham Region Motorola System are listed below:
||Coast Guard Auxiliary Marine Rescue Association
||Pickering Ajax Rescue Unit
||City of Oshawa Fire Marine Rescue
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The following list are the VHF repeaters in Durham Region:
- VE3PIC 146.670-
- VE3OSH 147.120+ (North Shore ARC)
- VE3SPA 147.375+ (South Pickering ARC)
- VA3SUP 146.970+ (Whitby ARC)
- VE3WOM 147.150+ (Whitby ARC)
The following list are the UHF repeaters in Durham Region:
- VE3DAX 444.600+ (South Pickering ARC)
- VE3NAA 443.000+ (North Shore ARC)
- VE3WOM 443.475+ (Whitby ARC)
- VE3WOQ 444.375+ (Whitby ARC)
The following list are the available clubs in Durham Region:
- VA3DBJ.ca - Online Resource for Durham Region Communications