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Durham Region Information/Overview

Durham Region

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.

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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

Public Safety

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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
8656  21d  OPP 1OPS38  Aurora 5B -1OPS38 (5A- RHQ , 5L- 407 ) 
8672  21e  OPP 1OPS39  Burlington 5C - 1OPS39 
8704  220  OPP 1OPS41  Cambridge 5E - 1OPS41 
8720  221  OPP 1OPS42  Toronto 5F - 1OPS42 
8736  222  OPP 1OPS43  Niagara Region 5G - 1OPS43 
8752  223  OPP 1OPS44  Port Credit 5I - 1OPS44 
8768  224  OPP 1OPS45  Whitby 5K - 1OPS45 
8784  225  OPP 1OPS46  1OPS46 
8800  226  OPP 1OPS47  1OPS47 
8816  227  OPP 1OPS48  1OPS48 
8832  228  OPP 1OPS49  1OPS49 

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:

SiteNameFreqs      
037 (25) Whitby 37WHIT141.39000 142.05000 142.29000 142.33500 142.42500 142.83000a 143.14500c

SiteNameFreqs     
038 (26) Pontypool 38PONT141.49500 141.70500a 142.59000c 142.89000 143.05500 143.26500

SiteNameFreqs      
026 (1A) Sunderland 26SUND141.45000 141.72000 142.32000 142.65000a 142.86000 143.10000c 143.28000


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 (VR 01, VR02 or VR03) or a wide area analog repeater (BEAT 01, BEAT 02 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 CACAA talkgroups are:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
35904  8c4  Oshawa CACC  CACC 
35920  8c5  Oshawa N  North 
35936  8c6  Oshawa S  South 
35952  8c7  Oshawa TAC 1  Tactical 1 
35968  8c8  Oshawa TAC 2  Tactical 2 
35984  8c9  Oshawa TAC 3  Tactical 3 
36000  8ca  Oshawa Spare  Spare 


The Ministry of Health also utilizes several conventional frequencies:
Frequency  Input   
Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
150.10000      BM  CSQ  MOHPCOM Provincial Common  FM  EMS Dispatch 
149.44000      CSQ  MOH Paging Provincial Paging  FM  EMS Dispatch 
129.27500      BM  CSQ  MOH Air Amb Air Ambulance Dispatch Fixed Wing  AM  EMS-Talk 
413.68750  418.68750   RM  CSQ  MOH ORNGE Air Ambulance ORNGE   FM  EMS Dispatch 


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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Fire Services

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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
16  001  O/WFS DISP  Oshawa-Whitby Fire Dispatch 
48  003  O TAC 1  Oshawa Fire Tac 1 
112  007  O TAC 2  Oshawa Fire Tac 2 
144  009  O TAC 3  Oshawa Fire Tac 3 
176  00b  O TAC 4  Oshawa Fire Tac 4 
208  00d  O TAC 5  Oshawa Fire Tac 5 
400  019  O EVENT  Oshawa Fire Spare 
880  037  R TAC 1  Regional1 
912  039  R TAC 2  Regional2 
944  03b  R TAC 3  Regional3 
976  03d  R TAC 4  Regional4 
1808  071  W TAC 1  Whitby Fire Tac 1 
1840  073  W TAC 2  Whitby Fire Tac 2 
1872  075  W TAC 3  Whitby Fire Tac 3 
1904  077  W TAC 4  Whitby Fire Tac 4 
1936  079  W TAC 5  Whitby Fire Tac 5 
1968  07b  C TAC 1  Clarington Fire Tac 1 
2000  07d  C TAC 2  Clarington Fire Tac 2 
2032  07f  C TAC 3  Clarington Fire Tac 3 
2064  081  C TAC 4  Clarington Fire Tac 4 
2096  083  C TAC 5  Clarington Fire Tac 5 
2128  085  P TAC 1  Pickering Fire Tac 1 
2160  087  P TAC 2  Pickering Fire Tac 2 
2192  089  P TAC 3  Pickering Fire Tac 3 
2224  08b  P TAC 4  Pickering Fire Tac 4 
2256  08d  P TAC 5  Pickering Fire Tac 5 
2288  08f  A TAC 1  Ajax Fire Tac 1 
2320  091  A TAC 2  Ajax Fire Tac 2 
2352  093  A TAC 3  Ajax Fire Tac 3 
2384  095  A TAC 4  Ajax Fire Tac 4 
2416  097  A TAC 5  Ajax Fire Tac 5 
2448  099  O/WFS MOSCAD  Oshawa/Whitby Fire MOSCAD 
2480  09b  AFS DISP  Ajax Fire Dispatch 
2512  09d  AFS MOSCAD  Ajax Fire MOSCAD 
4016  0fb  PFS MOSCAD  Pickering Fire MOSCAD 
4048  0fd  PFS DISP  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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
17568  44a  BTFD Sndrlnd  District 8 Brock Township Fire - Station 1 Sunderland 
17584  44b  BTFD Cnngtn  District 8 Brock Township Fire - Station 2 Cannington  
17600  44c  BTFD Bvrton  District 8 Brock Township Fire - Station 3 Beaverton  
17632  44e  STFD PrtPrry  District 6 Scugog Township Fire - Station 1 Port Perry  
17648  44f  STFD Caesrea  District 6 Scugog Township Fire - Station 2 Caesarea  
17696  452  UVFD TAC 1  District 7 Uxbridge Volunteer Fire - TAC 1 
17712  453  UVFD TAC 2  District 7 Uxbridge Volunteer Fire - TAC 2 
33248  81e  BTFD OPS 1  District 8 Brock Township Fire - Operations 1 
33264  81f  STFD OPS 1  District 6 Scugog Township Fire - Operations 1 
33280  820  UVFD OPS 1  District 7 Uxbridge Volunteer Fire - Operations 1 

Municipal Agencies

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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
240  00f  OSH CPM1  City Property Management 1 
368  017  OSH Interop  City/Fire Liason Channel 
464  01d  OSH Works  Works 
496  01f  OSH Parking  Parking Meter Maintenance 
560  023  OSH Waste  Waste Management 
624  027  OSH Parks  Parks 
720  02d  OSH By-law  By-law Enforcement 
1008  03f  OSH CPM2  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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
1280  050  WTBY Works  Works  
1296  051  WTBY Waste  Waste Management 
1312  052  WTBY Traffic  Traffic 
1328  053  WTBY Parks  Parks 
1344  054  WTBY Fleet  Fleet Maintenance 
1360  055  WTBY Disp  Works Dispatch (Front Desk) 
1376  056  WTBY Parking  Parking Enforcement  

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:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
336  015  COMRA  Coast Guard Auxiliary Marine Rescue Association 
1584  063  PARU  Pickering Ajax Rescue Unit 
1616  065  COFMR  City of Oshawa Fire Marine Rescue 

Amateur Radio

Ham radio is for anyone who likes to communicate with others. It is also for anyone who enjoys experimentation. Licensed amateur radio operators communicate with each other in nearby places, across the country, around the world or even with astronauts in outer space!

Amateur radio is a worldwide group of people who communicate with each other over a wide frequency spectrum using many different types of wireless transmitting modes.

Today, there are approximately 66,500 amateur radio operators in Canada, and more than 2.5 million around the world. To find out how to get started and who to contact in your area, call or write the non-profit organization:

Radio Amateurs of Canada 720 Belfast Road Suite 217 Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5 E-mail: rachq (at) rac.ca

Repeater List

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)

Club List

The following list are the available clubs in Durham Region:


Related Links

  • VA3DBJ.ca - Online Resource for Durham Region Communications

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