Durham County (ON)

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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

Durham Region policing is done by the Durham Regional Police Services. They are dispatched from the 17 Division Headquarters in Oshawa. They are using a radio system that is not monitorable by any scanner.

The Ontario Provincial Police is responsible for the patroling 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 Service is provided by each municipality within Durham Region. The southern region uses the Durham Region Motorola System, while the northern townships use the Fleetnet system.

Ontario Provincial Police

The Ontario Provincial Police use the Bell Mobility Fleetnet 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 and services the Manvers Township area.

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 

During normal operations, the Orillia Comm Centre will patch two talkgroups together. The following patches are usually in place on the system:

The Whitby and Toronto talkgroups are usually patched together, along with the Toronto MTO Enforcement talkgroup.

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:

037 (25) Whitby 37WHIT141.390000 142.050000 142.290000 142.335000 142.425000 142.830000a 143.145000c

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

026 (1A) Sunderland 26SUND141.450000 141.720000 142.320000 142.650000a 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 (VR 01, VR02 or VR03) or a wide area analog repeater (BEAT 01, BEAT 02 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. Communications will be found in analog on the Bell Mobility Fleetnet Zone 1 system. The two talkgroups used for Durham Region are Oshawa North and Oshawa South.

When units are not on a call and waiting to be dispatched, they will monitor Oshawa South and when they are on a call or at a hospital, they will monitor Oshawa North. The Oshawa CACAA 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 
35920  8c5  MOH OSHAWA N  North Dispatch 
35936  8c6  MOH OSHAWA S  South Dispatch 
35952  8c7  MOH OSHAWA TAC1  Tactical 1 
35968  8c8  MOH OSHAWA TAC2  Tactical 2 
35984  8c9  MOH OSHAWA TAC3  Tactical 3 
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 service. In the southern region, fire services are provided via the Durham Region Motorola System. The northern Townships have migrated to the Fleetnet 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.

  • 3 - Whitby Fire and Emergency Services
    • Sta. #1 - 6745 Baldwin St. (aka Highway 12) between Carnwith Dr. East and Columbus Rd. East, Brooklin

City/Towns on Durham Region Motorola System

  • Clarington, Municipality
  • Oshawa, City of
  • Whitby, Town of
  • Ajax, Town of
  • Pickering, City of

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


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:


Municipal Agencies

Oshawa, City of

The City of Oshawa, had moved their city services to the Durham Region Motorola System since the system was activated. Those services and their talkgroup assignments are below:


Whitby, Town of

The Town of Whitby, has been moving their town services to the Durham Region Motorola System since 2010. Those services and their talkgroup assignments are below:


Unknown location talkgroup

  • 1776 has been monitored by a user calling for by-law. Location not given. Please help us identify this talkgroup.

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.

The talkgroups on the Durham Region Motorola System are listed below:


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)

Repeater List

The following list are the VHF repeaters in Durham Region:

  • VE3PIC 146.670-
  • VE3OSH 147.120+ (North Shore ARC)
  • VE3SPA 147.375+ (South Pickering ARC)
  • VA3SUP 146.970+ (Whitby ARC)
  • VE3WOM 147.150+ (Whitby ARC)

The following list are the UHF repeaters in Durham Region:

  • VE3DAX 444.600+ (South Pickering ARC)
  • VE3NAA 443.000+ (North Shore ARC)
  • VE3WOM 443.475+ (Whitby ARC)
  • VE3WOQ 444.375+ (Whitby ARC)

Club List

The following list are the available clubs in Durham Region:

Related Links

  • - Online Resource for Durham Region Communications