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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.
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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 or 14-03. You can tell what department by looking at the second digit of the POV number. Example: 1'''5'''-73 is part of station '''5'''.
 
Examples:  
 
 
 
1'''5'''-73 = Station 5
 
 
 
1'''7'''-21 = Station 7
 
 
 
1'''9'''-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
 
  
  
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Station 1 - Thompsonville EMS - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
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Station 1 - Benzie County EMS Director (no tones)    - 448 Court Pl      - Benzonia Twp
  
Station 2 - Benzonia EMS      - 448 Court Pl      - Benzonia Twp
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Station 2 - Benzie EMS (Benzonia Station)      - 448 Court Pl      - Benzonia Twp
  
Station 3 - Frankfort-Area EMS- 120 Park Ave - Crystal Lake Twp
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Station 3 - Benzie EMS (Frankfort Station)        - 120 Park Ave - Crystal Lake Twp
  
 
Station 4 - Frankfort-Area FD - 1223 James St - Crystal Lake Twp
 
Station 4 - Frankfort-Area FD - 1223 James St - Crystal Lake Twp
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Station 6 - Homestead Twp FD  - 11508 Honor Hwy - Homestead Twp
 
Station 6 - Homestead Twp FD  - 11508 Honor Hwy - Homestead Twp
  
Station 7 - Almira Twp EMS/FD - 7272 Ole White Dr - Almira Twp
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Station 7 - Almira Twp FD and EMS - 7272 Ole White Dr - Almira Twp
  
Station 8 - Thompsonville FD - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
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Station 8 - Thompsonville FD - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
  
 
Station 9 - Inland Twp FD    - 19668 Honor Hwy - Inland Twp
 
Station 9 - Inland Twp FD    - 19668 Honor Hwy - Inland Twp
  
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Station 11 - Thompsonville EMS - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp
  
  
Station 1 and Station 8 are located in the same building but are manned by different personnel.
 
  
  
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'''Benzie County Radio info'''
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Benzie County's law enforcement and Fire/EMS has fully migrated to the [[Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)]], and the only non-P25 public safety frequency is 154.920 - used for VHF Fire Dispatch
  
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'''Benzie County Radio Info'''
 
  
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''MPSCS P25 Sites in Benzie County''
  
  
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.  
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Homestead Twp Site (main site) * {{Callsign|WPQD480}}:  44.641308, -86.016659
  
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851.2000,
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851.4625,
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852.4625,
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853.4625,
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853.9625
  
'''Benzie County P25 Info'''
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--Main site used in the county, transmits Benzie county talkgroups
  
  
Benzie County's law enforcement has fully migrated to the [[Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS)]].
 
  
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Inland Twp Site * {{Callsign|WPQD480}}:  44.64250, -85.82369
  
The county uses 3 different sites.  
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851.0125,
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851.3000,
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851.9500,
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852.4250,
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852.9000,
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853.5875,
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853.8750,
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855.6125,
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855.9375
  
Site frequencies can be found by following these links:
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--Repeats talkgroups from Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Wexford, and Manistee county.
* {{Callsign|WPQD480}}
 
* {{Callsign|WPQD481}}
 
* {{Callsign|WQWL875}}
 
  
  
The main one used in the county is located on Zimmerman Rd at 44.641308, -86.016659
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Frankfort Repeater Site * {{Callsign|WQWL875}}:  44.63608, -86.24081
  
Another Site used within the county is in Inland Twp at 44.64250, -85.82369
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854.98750,
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856.96250,
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857.98750
  
The final site used in the county is located in Frankfort at 44.63608, -86.24081
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--Repeater for Frankfort, which is located in a geological bowl. Repeats Law and Fire dispatch only. Frequencies are ''not'' trunked.
  
  
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5536 - FIREGROUND/OPS 2
 
5536 - FIREGROUND/OPS 2
  
5537: FIREGROUND/OPS 3
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5537 - FIREGROUND/OPS 3
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“Benzie County Attractions Information”
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''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.  
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Crystal Mountain is using Kenwood portable 2-way radios and mainly uses the frequencies 464.5125 (Alpine Slide for summer months), 152.420 for Ski Patrol and 462.3625 (for housekeeping operations). No other activity has been logged through their other channels.  
  
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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.  
 
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.  

Latest revision as of 07:35, 21 June 2021

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 or 14-03. You can tell what department by looking at the second digit of the POV number. Example: 15-73 is part of station 5.



Station - Department - Address - Township


Station 1 - Benzie County EMS Director (no tones) - 448 Court Pl - Benzonia Twp

Station 2 - Benzie EMS (Benzonia Station) - 448 Court Pl - Benzonia Twp

Station 3 - Benzie EMS (Frankfort Station) - 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 FD and EMS - 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 11 - Thompsonville EMS - 14714 Lincoln Ave - Weldon Twp




Benzie County Radio info


Benzie County's law enforcement and Fire/EMS has fully migrated to the Michigan's Public Safety Communications System (MPSCS), and the only non-P25 public safety frequency is 154.920 - used for VHF Fire Dispatch


MPSCS P25 Sites in Benzie County


Homestead Twp Site (main site) * WPQD480: 44.641308, -86.016659

851.2000, 851.4625, 852.4625, 853.4625, 853.9625

--Main site used in the county, transmits Benzie county talkgroups


Inland Twp Site * WPQD480: 44.64250, -85.82369

851.0125, 851.3000, 851.9500, 852.4250, 852.9000, 853.5875, 853.8750, 855.6125, 855.9375

--Repeats talkgroups from Leelanau, Grand Traverse, Wexford, and Manistee county.


Frankfort Repeater Site * WQWL875: 44.63608, -86.24081

854.98750, 856.96250, 857.98750

--Repeater for Frankfort, which is located in a geological bowl. Repeats Law and Fire dispatch only. Frequencies are not trunked.


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), 152.420 for Ski Patrol 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.