Thurston County (WA)
Terms heard over the air and their descriptions
Adam - Used with 'CAPCOM' to indicate stolen vehicle.
Aid # - Aid vehicle from the fire department. Provides BLS aid. ie: "Aid-91"
ALS - Advanced Life Support - Paramedics - Medic One units
A.O.B. - Alcohol On Breath
Arriving - Arriving on scene, arriving on location.
BLS - Basic Life Support - EMTs - Emergency Medical Technicians
BLS Yellow - A 911 response but doesn't require lights & sirens (emergency but not urgent)
Business Check - Officer is out of car checking a local business.
Canceled - Need at the scene is no longer needed.
Capital - Thurston County Dept. of Communication - Used to ID the Dispatch Center (Fire side)
CAPCOM - Used to identify an emergency or returned warrant traffic. Thurston County Dept. of Communication. Can also be used to identify officer safety information (see 'Nora' and 'Paul')
Clear - Done at the scene or done at the current call location.
Code 2 - Responding with Emergency Lights
Code 3 - Responding with Emergency Lights and Sirens
Code 9 - County Coroner
Code 10 - Emergency Traffic Only. Hold the channel for the current emergency.
Code 12 - Ambulance / Private Carrier
Corrective Lenses - Subject is supposed to wear glasses or contacts to drive
CP - Calling party
Domestic - Family / household disturbance
EMT - Emergency Medical Technician
Engine # - Fire Engine from the fire department. ie: Engine O1
Enroute - On the way to the scene, enroute to the location
Fully Involved - Structure is fully engulfed in fire
G.O.A. - Gone On Arrival
HAZMAT - Hazardous Materials or Hazardous Material Team
H.B.D. - Has Been Drinking
In Service Returning - Finished at the scene, returning to quarters and ready for the next call.
Keep The Peace - Maintain civility between two parties while they encounter each other.
Landline - Telephone. "Can you landline Data?" means to make a phone call to CAPCOM's Data desk/dispatcher.
L.O.C - Level Of Consciousness - a measurement of a person's arousability and responsiveness to stimuli from the environment.
Mal Mis - Malicious mischief
M.V.A. - Motor Vehicle Accident
Nora - Used with 'CAPCOM' to indicate non-extraditable warrant.
On Scene - Arrived on the scene of the emergency, on location.
On Standby - Manned and ready to respond if needed. Usually On Standby at the station.
Open Line - Telephone receiver off the hook with a call initiated. Can hear background noises.
Open Mic - Someone's transmit button is stuck "ON" and transmitting.
Out of Service - Not available to respond to calls. Going home for the night.
Paul - Used with 'CAPCOM' for officer caution or warrant for prior violent interactions with police, ie resisting arrest.
P.O.V - Privately Owned Vehicle.
Priority Traffic - Emergency radio traffic. Sort of a "take my call on the radio first" situation.
Private Carrier - Ambulance. Usually American Medical Response or Olympic Ambulance.
Radio - Thurston County Dept. of Communication - Used to ID the Dispatch Center (Law Enforcement Side)
Repeat Traffic - Radio traffic wasn't understood, please repeat what was said.
Repeat Transmission - Radio transmission wasn't understood, please repeat what was said.
Rescue # - Rescue vehicle from the fire department, provides BLS aid. ie: "Rescue 81"
Returning - Returning to station. Usually due to a cancellation.
R.O. - Registered Owner
Rollover - Vehicle rollover.
R.P. - Reporting Party
Status or Status Check - Report your status to Radio. Dispatch is checking the welfare of the officer.
Tender # - Tender vehicle from the fire department, Tenders carry large amounts of water to the scene where a fire hydrant might not be available.
Traffic - Requesting a vehicle traffic check. The phonetic spelling of the license plate will follow shortly after.
Transporting - Transporting patient(s) to hospital. Transporting suspect to station or jail.
U.T.L. = Unable To Locate
Welfare Check - Check the well-being of an occupant or subject
It is broken down into 3 parts
-The first number:
-1= Thurston County Sheriff’s office
-2= Olympia Police
-3= Lacey Police
-4= Tumwater Police
-5= Tenino Police (which covers Rainier and Bucoda)
-6= Yelm Police
-7= Not used, used to be Rainier
-8= Nisqually Tribal Police
-9= Coroners office
-10= CAPCOM employees.
-A letter spoken phonetically which represents the area in the city.
-Another number which is the officer’s number
Examples: 2-Union-6, 3-Paul-24
147.36- Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS) Repeater
224.26- Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS) Repeater
441.40- Olympia Amateur Radio Society (OARS) Repeater
147.06- BawFaw Repeater
145.47- Capital Peak Repeater