Benzie County (MI)
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Benzie County Public Safety
Benzie County Fire/EMS Info
There are 6 fire departments and 3 EMS departments in Benzie County, Station 1-9. Stations 2 and 3 and County EMS station, which are always manned. All other departments are part-time and volunteers. All personnel check in to central dispatch when responding to their station during a call using their POV unit names. Example of a POV unit name: 15-73. To identify what station this POV belongs to/is responding to you look at the first two digits. If the first two digits are 15, the POV is responding to Station 5.
15-73 = Station 5
17-21 = Station 7
19-56 = Station 9
This rule applies to all stations.
To determine the type of responding POV, you look at the latter two digits
Going back to the 15-73 example, the '73' indicates that this POV is a firefighter.
-01 through -10 means that the responding POV is a fire-officer Ex. 14-03
-11 through -19 means that the responding POV is a fire-medic Ex. 16-13
-20 through -99 means that the responding POV is a firefighter Ex. 15-73
This rule applies to all stations except for station 1. All POVs with the prefix 11- are medics Ex. 11-43
Station - Department - Address - Township
Station 1 - Thompsonville EMS - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
Station 2 - Benzonia EMS - 448 Court Pl - Benzonia Twp
Station 3 - Frankfort-Area EMS- 120 Park Ave - Crystal Lake Twp
Station 4 - Frankfort-Area FD - 1223 James St - Crystal Lake Twp
Station 5 - Benzonia Twp FD - 1020 Michigan Ave - Benzonia Twp
Station 6 - Homestead Twp FD - 11508 Honor Hwy - Homestead Twp
Station 7 - Almira Twp EMS/FD - 7272 Ole White Dr - Almira Twp
Station 8 - Thompsonville FD - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
Station 9 - Inland Twp FD - 19668 Honor Hwy - Inland Twp
Station 1 and Station 8 are located in the same building but are manned by different personnel.
Benzie County Radio Info
Because of the county's small size (the smallest in the state), the radio service used for fire and EMS is fairly simple. As of Monday, 2/18/19, ALL fire operations are broadcast on P25. The one used analog public safety frequency in the county is 154.92MHz, which is used for dispatching tones and call description only. The County is currently testing and working on digital tone-outs, but 154.92 is still being used as of 5/9/19 for fire paging. As of 8/19/19, Two-Tone isn't being broadcast on 154.92 anymore, but call description is still patched through. In the near future, this channel may soon be deprecated along with the old EMS/Fire frequencies.
Benzie County P25 Info
Benzie County's law enforcement has fully migrated to the Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS).
The county uses 3 different sites.
Site frequencies can be found by following these links:
The main one used in the county is located on Zimmerman Rd at 44.641308, -86.016659
Another Site used within the county is in Inland Twp at 44.64250, -85.82369
The final site used in the county is located in Frankfort at 44.63608, -86.24081
The Talkgroup IDs (TGIDs) used in the county are as follows
65535 - PD TAC
4967 - PD DISPATCH
4335 - FD/EMS OPS
4201 - COUNTYWIDE
5534 - EMS TAC
5535 - FIREGROUND/OPS 1
5536 - FIREGROUND/OPS 2
5537: FIREGROUND/OPS 3
“Benzie County Attractions Information”
Crystal Mountain is using Kenwood portable 2-way radios and mainly uses the frequencies 464.5125 (Alpine Slide for summer months) and 462.3625 (for housekeeping operations). No other activity has been logged through their other channels.
Apparently they have 10 channels they use. I have only found two on their FCC License that are active.
Their radio system consists of at least 3 repeaters: one at the top of the crystal clipper lift, one atop the housekeeping building, and one on the top of the cell phone tower on site.