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Fire Departments in Nova Scotia


Volunteer fire departments in the province of Nova Scotia have a variety of methods of communication at their disposal, ranging from their own "private" frequency, to county-wide and even province-wide radio systems. These methods of communication are described below.

For information specific to Halifax and Cape Breton counties, please scroll to the bottom of this article.


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Department frequency

Most departments have one or more of their own "private" frequencies licensed, which for the most part are for their own use only. In many situations however, a department may allow other nearby departments access to their frequency, so that they can make use of it when responding to calls in each others' areas.

These frequencies can be found on the county pages in the database, under the town's name.

Province-wide mutual aid frequency

Most departments also have access to the following province-wide mutual aid frequency:

Frequency  Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
153.83000  Mutual Aid Province-wide fire mutual aid  FM  Fire-Tac 
866.81250  Fire simplex Province-wide fire simplex  FM  Fire-Tac 

The mutual aid frequency is a simplex channel often used when multiple departments are responding to the same incident. This frequency can also be found in the Nova Scotia fire frequencies section of the database.

Provincial VHF fire repeaters (IMRS)

The province maintains a series of VHF repeaters which are part of the old Nova Scotia Integrated Mobile Radio System. The following repeaters are available for use by all fire departments:

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
151.53500  154.04000   XML496   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-MidOhio Middle Ohio, Shelburne County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.53500  154.01000   XLM512   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Sherbrk Cochrane Hill (Sherbrooke)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML497   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-EKemptv East Kemptville (Yarmouth)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML505   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-WillowH Willow Hill, West Hants  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML515   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Lundy Lundy, Guysborough County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.13000   XML499   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Annapls DND North Mountain, Annapolis County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.13000   XML514   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Kiltlty Kiltarlity Mtn, Inverness County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML498   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-NRangeC North Range Corner, Digby County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML494   RM  114.8 PL  Fire-Kirkhil Kirkhill (Parrsboro)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML500   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Sprngfd Springfield, Annapolis County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML507   RM  114.8 PL  Fire-Sugarlf Sugarloaf, Cumberland County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML516   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Oban Oban (St. Peter's)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.02500   XML506   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Garland Garland, Kings County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.04000   XML513   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Fairmnt Fairmont (Antigonish)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.04000   XML519   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-CapeNth Money Point (Cape North)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML501   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Liverpl Liverpool, Queens County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML510   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-Nuttby Nuttby Mtn, Colchester County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML517   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Sydney Rear Boisdale (Sydney)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML503   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Sherwd Sherwood, Lunenburg County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML511   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-NGlasgw McLellan's Mtn (New Glasgow)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML518   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-CSmokey Cape Smokey (Ingonish)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.32500   XML508   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-MusqHrb Jerusalem Hill (Musquodoboit Harbour)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML504   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-HammPln Hammonds Plains, Halifax County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML509   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-Marinet Marinette (Sheet Harbour)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
153.08000  140.19000   CKN246   RM    Fire-SandRiv Sand River, Cumberland County  FM  Fire Dispatch 

Most departments make at least some use of these repeaters, often for dispatching and paging. It would be wise to monitor the IMRS frequency or frequencies in your area just in case.

These frequencies can be found in the Nova Scotia fire frequencies section of the database.

A description of the IMRS itself, including the location of all tower sites, can be found on the Nova Scotia Integrated Mobile Radio System section of the wiki.

Trunked mobile radio system (TMRS)

All fire departments have at least one portable radio capable of communicating on the provincial radio system, the Aliant Trunked Mobile Radio System (TMRS). The fire departments would use the following talkgroups, depending on what region of the province they are working in (west, central or east):

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
2256  08d  Fire EO-E1  EO-E1 - fire ops, eastern region ch. 1 
2320  091  Fire EO-E2  EO-E2 - fire ops, eastern region ch. 2 
2352  093  Fire EO-P1  EO-P1 - fire ops, province-wide ch. 1 
2384  095  Fire EO-E4  EO-E4 - fire ops, eastern region ch. 4 
18128  46d  Wolfville FD  Wolfville fire department 
18160  46f  Kentville FD  Kentville fire department 
19984  4e1  Kentville FD  Kentville fire department 
20336  4f7  RiverJohn FD  River John fire department 
20720  50f  Hantsport FD  Hantsport fire department 
21136  529  Shubie Fire  Shubenacadie fire department 
21360  537  Kentville FD  Kentville fire department 
21392  539  NewMinasFire  New Minas fire department 
22096  565  Brooklyn FD  Brooklyn fire department 
23120  5a5  Shubie Fire  Shubenacadie fire department 
24112  5e3  Liverpool FD  Liverpool fire department 
24400  5f5  Nictaux Fire  Nictaux fire department 
32304  7e3  Colch. Fire  Colchester county fire dispatch simulcast with VHF 152.525 
37744  937  Fire EO-C3  EO-C3 - fire ops, central region ch. 3 
37776  939  Fire EO-C2  EO-C2 - fire ops, central region ch. 2 
37808  93b  Fire EO-W2  EO-W2 - fire ops, western region ch. 2 
37840  93d  Fire EO-C1  EO-C1 - fire ops, central region ch. 1 
37872  93f  Fire EO-W1  EO-W1 - fire ops, western region ch. 1 
37904  941  Fire EO-W4  EO-W4 - fire ops, western region ch. 4 
37936  943  Fire EO-W3  EO-W3 - fire ops, western region ch. 3 
37968  945  Fire EO-C4  EO-C4 - fire ops, central region ch. 4 
38128  94f  Fire EO-E3  EO-E3 - fire ops, eastern region ch. 3 

In some departments these are used by the chiefs and senior members only, in others they are used on a daily basis for all operations. Some departments have their own "private" talkgroup which only they would have access to. Note that Halifax Regional Municipality does not use these talkgroups; please scroll to the bottom for information specific to HRM.

For details on the TMRS, please see the TMRS wiki article.

County-wide unified paging systems

Some counties operate their own county-wide communications, dispatching or paging systems. Click on the county name below for a description of those systems.

Halifax County

All fire stations in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) are part of the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services fire department. For more detail on fire services in HRM please see the Halifax County section of the wiki.

Cape Breton County

All fire stations in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) are operated by the municipal government. For more detail on fire services in CBRM, please see the Cape Breton County section of the wiki.

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