Comal County (TX)

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Comal County, is a county within the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, whose county seat is New Braunfels, Texas. With a total population of approximately 110,000 residents, and a size of 575 sq. miles, Comal County is one of the fastest growing counties in Texas. Tourism is a dominating industry in Comal County, with the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers, as well as Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Canyon Lake.

Comal County is served by the Comal County Sheriff's Office (conventional P25) and multiple rural EMS and fire protection districts (conventional analog).

New Braunfels, the largest city in Comal County, is served by the New Braunfels Police Department and New Braunfels Fire Department, which also handles emergency medical services. Both departments utilize the LCRA P25 trunking system, though previously each department used conventional analog repeaters. These depreciated repeaters are held in reserve for natural disasters, such as the numerous floods that have struck in the past 15 years.

Comal County Emergency Service Districts

 ESD#1- EMS service through Bulverde/Spring Branch Emergency Services (Covers both ESD 4 and 5 territory)
 ESD#2- EMS service through Canyon Lake EMS (Same territory as ESD 3, Central/North Comal Co)
 ESD#3- Fire protection through Canyon Lake Fire Dept. (Same territory as ESD2, Central/North Comal Co)
 ESD#4- Fire protection through Bulverde/Spring Branch Emergency Services (Spring Branch/Northwest Comal Co)
 ESD#5- Fire protection through Bulverde/Spring Branch Emergency Services (Bulverde/Southwest Comal Co)
 ESD#6- Fire protection through Bracken VFD, EMS through Schertz EMS (Southeast Comal Co)
 ESD#7- Fire/EMS service through New Braunfels FD/EMS(Northeast Comal Co)

Unit Assignments

Comal County Public Safety Unit Assignments

  • 1XXs: Garden Ridge Police
  • 3XXs: Comal County Sheriff Units
  • 4XXs: Comal County Sheriff Units
  • 5XXs: Canyon Lake FD/EMS
  • 6XXs: Spring Branch VFD
  • 7XXs: Bulverde VFD/ 750s + Bulverde PD
  • 8XXs: Bracken VFD
  • 9XXs: Comal County Constables (possibly some deputies as well)
  • 931-933: Comal County Animal Control Officers
  • 1340: unknown (logged on CCSO Channel 1 on 5/6/10)
  • 1631: Comal County Fire Marshal
  • 1633: Comal County Fire Marshal
  • 17XXs: Bulverde Spring Branch EMS
  • 436X-437X: Comal County Jailers
  • 51XXs: Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens (511X-512Xs)
  • 659Xs: Texas DPS

Comal County Precinct Map

Comal County Fire Apparatus Assignments

This is a listing of the Bracken, Bulverde/Spring Branch, Canyon Lake North and Canyon Lake South (indicated with a "(S)") apparatus assignments.

 Bracken VFD
 Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS
 Medic 81
 Medic 82
 Medic 83 (Stn 1)
 Medic 84 (may be reserve for special events/SVHS football games).
 Bulverde/Spring Branch VFD
 Engine 61
 Brush 62
 Canyon Lake F/EMS
 Command 51
 Engine 51
 Engine 52 (S)
 Brush 53
 Medic 51 (S)
 Medic 52

New Braunfels Public Safety Unit Assignments and Channel Lineups

  • 01-3X: NBPD Chief, CID, and Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants (including Patrol Captains, Lieutenants and Sergeants)
  • 40-48: New Braunfels Animal Control Officers
  • 1XX: NBFD Command (used by person to person only, dispatches are made to Truck 1 or Medic 1, etc., for apparatus needed)
    • 100- Fire Chief
    • 101- Asst. Fire Chief
    • 104-
    • 105- Central
    • 106-
    • 107-
    • 110-
    • 111- Fire Investigator
    • 112-
    • 113- Fire Investigator
    • 114-
    • 115-
  • 202-299: NBPD Patrol Corporals, K9 Officers, Patrolmen
  • 3XX: NBFD (used by person to person only, dispatches are made to Truck 1 or Medic 1, etc., for apparatus needed)
    • 302- NBFD Disp 1
    • 304- NBFD Disp 1
    • 315- NBFD Disp 1
    • 324- NBFD Disp 1
    • 335- NBFD Disp 1
    • 338- NBFD Disp 1
    • 359- NBFD Disp 1
    • 371- NBFD Disp 1
    • 383- NBFD Disp 1
    • 391- NBFD Disp 1
    • 392- NBFD Disp 1
    • 393- NBFD Disp 1
    • 398- NBFD Disp 1

New Braunfels Police Department and New Braunfels Fire Department both subscribe to the LCRA P25 trunking system. During natural disasters and busy summer weekends they may employ their old conventional analog repeaters, as was the case in the Flood of 2010. See below for more information.

New Braunfels Police Department
Talkgroup (Dec)     Description
11000                NBPD All Call (Dept. wide paging)
11001                NBPD Disp 1 (primary)
11002                NBPD Disp 2 (used when primary is held for officer safety)
11003                NBPD Ops 3   
11004                NBPD Ops 4
11005                NBPD CID
11009                NBPD Event (used for large events as well as summer river patrol)

Frequency    Tone   Description    
155.1900     203.5  old NBPD repeater (was used for LCRA patches in the past as well as 
                    natural disaster backup comms; currently used daily by New Braunfels 
                    Solid Waste Dept.)
New Braunfels Fire Department
Talkgroup (Dec)     Description
11016                NBFD Disp 1 (primary Fire and EMS dispatch)
11017                NBFD Fire 2
11018                NBFD Fire 3 (working talkgroup)
11019                NBFD Fire 4 (working talkgroup)
11023                NBFD/EMS Patient Reports (to Christus New Braunfels)
Frequency   Tone    Description
154.1300    203.5   old NBFD repeater (used for LCRA patches as well as natural disaster 
                    response; currently held in reserve).
154.3100    203.5   old NBFD repeater (used for natural disasters in the past).

New Braunfels Fire Stations & Apparatus Assignments

 Station 1 (Central)- 169 S. Hill St.  
 Rescue 1: Pierce SpecOps Truck
 Truck 1 : Pierce 100' Aerial Truck
 Engine 1: Pierce Engine
 Rescue _: Ford F350 Rescue Truck
 Medic _ :
 Medic _ :
 various boats, rafts and PWCs
 Station 2- 4120 Loop 337 (@ Reuckle Rd.)
 Engine 2: Pierce Engine
 Medic _ :
 Medic _ :
 Brush _ :
 Station 3- 1333 Hanz Dr.
 Engine 3 : Pierce Engine
 Medic 3  : Pierce Ambulance
 Brush _  : 
 Utility 3: 
 Station 5- 1250 W. County Line Rd.
 Engine 5:
 Medic 5 :
 Station 6- 209 Stone Gate  
 Engine 6: Pierce Engine
 Tanker 6:
 Medic _ :

New Braunfels Alert Notification System

In early 2011 the City of New Braunfels installed 8 warning sirens, which allow the city to warn residents of impending natural disasters. Specifically, these will be mostly utilized to warn of flash flooding along the rivers (each was located to cover a portion of the rivers or creeks prone to flash flooding). 4 of the 8 units have voice broadcasting capabilities while the remainder are sirens only. The city will conduct weekly testing on Wednesdays around 12:30pm. The location of each siren is noted below and a map follows.

 Alert Notification System Sirens
 Siren 1: above Camp Slumber Falls, 4300 River Rd.
 Siren 2: NBU water treatment facility, 1400 Gruene Rd.
 Siren 3: NBFD Station 3, 1333 Hanz Dr.
 Siren 4: Torrey Park, Torrey St. @ Gruene Rd.
 Siren 5: Prince Solms Park, Liberty St. @ South St.
 Siren 6: The Other Place, 385 Other Place Dr. 
 Siren 7: HEB Soccer Fields, 550 N. Live Oak St.
 Siren 8: Comal Park, 1900 Kuehler Ave.

New Braunfels Warning Sirens.jpg

Common Terms, Codes and Abbreviations

Common Terms
CFS: Call For Service (used by Comal County Fire and Sheriff's Office)
CNB: Christus New Braunfels (local hospital)
Firehouse: software program used for field mapping, unit statuses and incident 
           command management.

10 Codes
10-7 Out of Service
10-8 Back in Service
10-27 Driver's License check
10-28 License Plate check
10-41 Going On Duty
10-42 Going Off Duty
10-43 For your information
10-55 Impaired Person
Brevity Codes
Code 1 Acknowledge this Call
Code 2 Proceed Immediately with lights/without Siren
Code 3 Proceed Immediately with lights and Siren
Code 4 No further assistance required
Code 5 Stakeout - Uniformed Officers stay away
Code 6 Out of Vehicle for Investigation
Code 7 Out of Service to eat
Code 8 Fire Alarm
Code 9 Answering ring-down
Code 10 Bomb Threat
Code 12 Patrol your District and report extent of damage
Code 13 Major Disaster Activation
Code 14 Resume normal Operation
Code 20 Notify News Media to respond
Code 22 Restricted Radio Traffic
Code 30 Officer needs assistance - Emergency
Code 33 Emergency Traffic on Air - All units stand by
Code 43 TAC forces committed
Code 100 In position to intercept Suspect

Comal County Fire Alarm Tone Outs

Comal County Fire Alarm Dispatch (154.2950) Tone-Outs for programming Scanners and Pagers
Department                                 Stations       Tone A (hz)   Tone B (hz)
All Depts - Special Notices & WX Alerts    ALL         (Unknown yet if this exists)
Bracken Fire & EMS                         N/A            788.5         1217.8
BSB Fire & EMS (Bulverde/Spring Branch)    1/2/3/4        788.5         953.7
BSB Fire & EMS (Bulverde/Spring Branch)    1/2/3/4        788.5         651.9
Canyon Lake Fire & EMS                     1/2/3/5        553.9         584.8
We Need help to distinguish the 2 tone pairs used for BSB (BSB=Bulverde/Spring Branch)

New Braunfels Utilities (NBU)

NBU is the local utility provider for New Braunfels and a small portion of the surrounding areas. They have 3 main frequencies:

 158.1450 NBU Utilities (Listen to this frequency during power outages for information)
 158.2050 NBU Electric (electrical service connections)
 158.2500 NBU Water (city water service connections)

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