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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.

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

Policing is done by the Durham Regional Police Services. They are dispatched from the 17 Division Headquarters in Oshawa. Radio communications are encrypted.

The Ontario Provincial Police is responsible for the patrolling 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 services are provided by each municipality within the Durham Region. All communications are encrypted on the Durham NextGen Trunking System.

Ontario Provincial Police

The Ontario Provincial Police use the Bell FleetNet Ontario Provincial Government 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.

They are active on the following digital APCO25 talkgroups:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
8656  21d  OPP 1OPS38  Aurora 5B -1OPS38 (5A- RHQ ) 
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  Mississauga 5I - 1OPS44 
8768  224  OPP 1OPS45  Whitby 5K - 1OPS45 
8784  225  OPP 1OPS46  Aurora 5L - 1OPS46 Highway 407 ETR 
8800  226  OPP 1OPS47  1OPS47 
8816  227  OPP 1OPS48  1OPS48 
8832  228  OPP 1OPS49  1OPS49 

The Whitby and Toronto talkgroups are always patched together, along with the Toronto and Oshawa MTO Enforcement talkgroups.

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 37WHIT141.390000 142.050000c 142.290000 142.335000 142.830000 143.145000c

SiteNameFreqs     
038 (26) Pontypool 38PONT141.495000 141.705000c 142.590000c 142.890000 143.055000 143.265000

SiteNameFreqs    
026 (1A) Sunderland 26SUND141.450000 141.720000 142.860000 143.100000c 143.280000


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. Radio communications are currently trunked analog on the Bell Mobility Fleetnet Zone 1 system. The two primary talkgroups used for Durham Region are Oshawa North and Oshawa South.

Calls in Clarington, Oshawa, and Whitby are mostly handled on the "South Dispatch" talkgroup, while Ajax, Pickering, and the northern regions are on the "North Dispatch" talkgroup. The Oshawa Central Ambulance Communications Centres (CACC) talkgroups are:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
34720  87a  MOH OSHAWA ALRT  Pre-Alert 
34736  87b  MOH OSHAWA ALRT  Pre-Alert 
35904  8c4  MOH OSHAWA CACC  CACC 
36000  8ca  MOH 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 ORNGE Air Ambulance Fixed Wing  AM  EMS-Talk 
413.68750  418.68750   RM  CSQ  ORNGE Base ORNGE Air Ambulance Base  FMN  EMS-Talk 


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 services. All communications are encrypted on the Durham NextGen 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. #1 - 2430 Durham Highway 2, between Clarington Blvd. and Martin Rd., Bowmanville
    • Sta. #2 - 3333 King Avenue West, Newcastle
    • Sta. #3 - 5708 Main St. between Taunton Rd. and Millson Hill Dr., Orono
    • Sta. #4 - 2611 Trulls Rd. between Sandringham Dr. and Strathallan Dr., Courtice
    • Sta. #5 - 2354 Concession 8 @ Durham Regional Road 57, Enniskillen
  • 2 - Oshawa Fire Services
    • Sta. #1 - 199 Adelaide Ave. West @ Arena St.
    • Sta. #2 - 1111 Simcoe St. South @ Ritson Rd. South
    • Sta. #3 - 50 Beatrice St. East @ Mary St. North
    • Sta. #4 - 50 Harmony Rd. North across from Beaufort Ave.
    • Sta. #5 - 1550 Harmony Rd. North @ Coldstream Dr.
    • Sta. #6 - 2339 Simcoe Street North @ Britannia Ave.
  • 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 NextgGen System

  • Clarington
  • Oshawa
  • Whitby
  • Ajax
  • Pickering
  • Uxbridge
  • Brock Township
  • Scugog Township

The following list are the talkgroups used by the fire services:

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
19200  4b00  AFES DISP  Ajax Fire & Emergency Service Dispatch 
19201  4b01  OFS DISP  Oshawa Fire Service Dispatch 
19202  4b02  PFS DISP  Pickering Fire Service Dispatch 
19203  4b03  WFES DISP  Whitby Fire & Emergency Service Dispatch 
19204  4b04  CEFS DISP  Clarington Fire & Emergency Service Dispatch 
19213  4b0d  CEFS TAC 1  Clarington Fire & Emeregency Service TAC 1 
19214  4b0e  OFS TAC 1  Oshawa Fire Service TAC 1 
19215  4b0f  WFES TAC 1  Whitby Fire & Emergency Service TAC 1 
19216  4b10  AFES TAC 1  Ajax Fire & Emergency Service TAC 1 
19217  4b11  PFS TAC 1  Pickering Fire Service TAC 1 
19218  4b12  SFES TAC 1  Scugog Fire & Emergency Service TAC 1 
19219  4b13  UFD TAC 1  Uxbridge Fire Department TAC 1 
19220  4b14  BFD TAC 1  Brock Fire Department TAC 1 
19221  4b15  CEFS TAC 2  Clarington Fire & Emergency Service TAC 2 
19222  4b16  OFS TAC 2  Oshawa Fire Service TAC 2 
19223  4b17  WFES TAC 2  Whitby Fire & Emergency Service TAC 2 
19224  4b18  AFES TAC 2  Ajax Fire & Emergency Service TAC 2 
19225  4b19  PFS TAC 2  Pickering Fire Service TAC 2 
19226  4b1a  SFES TAC 2  Scugog Fire & Emergency Service TAC 2 
19227  4b1b  UFD TAC 2  Uxbridge Fire Department TAC 2 
19228  4b1c  BFD TAC 2  Brock Fire Department TAC 2 
19236  4b24  UFD Stn 71  Uxbridge Station 71 Page Out 
19238  4b26  UFD Stn 71 C/O  Station 71 'C' Officers Page Out 
19240  4b28  Sunderland Stn81  Sunderland Station 81 Page Out 
19241  4b29  Cannington Stn82  Cannington Station 82 Page Out 
19242  4b2a  Beaverton Stn83  Beaverton Station 83 Page Out 
19244  4b2c  Port Perry Stn61  Port Perry Station 61 Page Out 
19247  4b2f  Caesarea Stn62  Caesarea Station 62 Page Out 

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:

Description

Municipal Agencies

City and township services are on the Durham NextGen System.

Oshawa

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
19523  4c43  Oshawa City Hall  City Hall Security 
19524  4c44  Oshawa Waste  Waste Ops 
19526  4c46  Oshawa Service  Service Ops 
19528  4c48  Oshawa Roads  Road Ops 
19529  4c49  Oshawa ByLaw  By-Law Ops 
19531  4c4b  Oshawa Waste  Waste Ops 
19532  4c4c  Oshawa Animal  Animal Shelter 

Whitby

DEC HEX Mode Alpha Tag Description
19500  4c2c  Whitby Works 1  Public Works 1 
19501  4c2d  Whitby Works 2  Public Works 2 
19502  4c2e  Whitby Works 3  Public Works 3 
19503  4c2f  Whitby Parks  Parks and Recreation Division 
19504  4c30  Whitby Waste 1  Waste Collection 1 
19507  4c33  Whitby Waste 2  Waste Collection 2 


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.

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:

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
147.12000  147.72000   VE3OSH   RM  156.7 PL  VE3OSH VE3OSH - Oshawa  FM  Ham 
147.37500  147.97500   VE3SPA   RM  103.5 PL  VE3SPA VE3SPA - Pickering  FM  Ham 
147.15000  147.75000   VE3WOM   RM  103.5 PL  VE3WOM VE3WOM - Whitby  FM  Ham 
146.97000  146.37000   VA3SUP   RM  156.7 PL  VA3SUP VA3SUP - Whitby  FM  Ham 
147.06000  147.66000   VE3RPT   RM  103.5 PL  VE3RPT VE3RPT - Uxbridge  FM  Ham 


The following list are the UHF repeaters in Durham Region:

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
443.47500  448.47500   VE3WOM   RM  103.5 PL  VE3WOM VE3WOM - Whitby  FM  Ham 
444.37500  449.37500   VE3WOQ   RM  103.5 PL  VE3WOQ VE3WOQ - Whitby  FM  Ham 
444.60000  449.60000   VE3DAX   RM  103.5 PL  VE3DAX VE3DAX - Pickering  FM  Ham 
442.10000  447.10000   VE3RPT   RM  103.5 PL  VE3RPT VE3RPT - Uxbridge  FM  Ham 
443.00000  448.00000   VE3NAA   RM    VE3NAA VE3NAA - Oshawa  YSF  Ham 
444.52500  449.52500   VE3OBI   RM  103.5 PL  VE3OBI VE3OBI - Courtice  FM  Ham 
442.13750  447.13750   VE3OBI   RM    VE3OBI (DMR) VE3OBI - Courtice (DMR)  DMR  Ham 
443.98750  448.98750   VE3LBN   RM    VE3LBN (DMR) VE3LBN - Oshawa   DMR  Ham 
442.36250  447.36250   VE3SBX   RM    VE3SBX (DMR) VE3SBX - Ajax  DMR  Ham 
444.86250  449.86250   VA3PPI   RM    VA3PPI VA3PPI - Port Perry  YSF  Ham 


Club List

The following list are the available clubs in Durham Region:


Related Links

  • VA3DBJ.ca - Online Resource for Durham Region Communications