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Fire Departments in Nova Scotia

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Volunteer fire departments in the province of Nova Scotia have a variety of methods of communication at their disposal, ranging from their own "private" frequency, to county-wide and even province-wide radio systems. These methods of communication are described below.

For information specific to Halifax and Cape Breton counties, please scroll to the bottom of this article.


Department frequency

Most departments have one or more of their own "private" frequencies licensed, which for the most part are for their own use only. In many situations however, a department may allow other nearby departments access to their frequency, so that they can make use of it when responding to calls in each others' areas.

These frequencies can be found on the county pages in the database, under the town's name.

Province-wide mutual aid frequency

Most departments also have access to the following province-wide mutual aid frequency:

Frequency  Type  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
153.83000  NS Mutual Aid Province-wide fire mutual aid  FM  Fire-Tac 
866.81250  NS Fire Simplex Province-wide fire simplex  FM  Fire-Tac 

The mutual aid frequency is a simplex channel often used when multiple departments are responding to the same incident. This frequency can also be found in the Nova Scotia fire frequencies section of the database.

Provincial VHF fire repeaters (IMRS)

The province maintains a series of VHF repeaters which are part of the old Nova Scotia Integrated Mobile Radio System. The following repeaters are available for use by all fire departments:

Frequency  Input   
License  Type  Tone  Alpha Tag  Description  Mode  Tag 
151.53500  154.04000   XML496   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Middle Ohio Middle Ohio, Shelburne County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.53500  154.01000   XLM512   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Sherbrooke Cochrane Hill (Sherbrooke)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML497   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-EKemptville East Kemptville (Yarmouth)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML505   RM  151.4 PL  Fire-Willow Hill Willow Hill, West Hants  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.74500  154.07000   XML515   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Lundy Lundy, Guysborough County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.13000   XML499   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Annapolis DND North Mountain, Annapolis County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.13000   XML514   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Kiltarlity Kiltarlity Mtn, Inverness County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML498   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-N.RangeCrnr North Range Corner, Digby County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML494   RM  114.8 PL  Fire-Kirkhil Kirkhill (Parrsboro)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML500   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Springfield Springfield, Annapolis County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML507   RM  114.8 PL  Fire-Sugarloaf Sugarloaf, Cumberland County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML516   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Oban Oban (St. Peter's)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.02500   XML506   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Garland Garland, Kings County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.04000   XML513   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Fairmont Fairmont (Antigonish)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.98500  154.04000   XML519   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Cape North Money Point (Cape North)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML501   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Liverpool Liverpool, Queens County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML510   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-Nuttby Mtn Nuttby Mtn, Colchester County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.03000  154.19000   XML517   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Sydney Rear Boisdale (Sydney)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML503   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Sherwood Sherwood, Lunenburg County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML511   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-New Glasgow McLellan's Mtn (New Glasgow)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.21000  154.22000   XML518   RM  94.8 PL  Fire-Cape Smokey Cape Smokey (Ingonish)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.80500  154.32500   XML508   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-Musq. Harbr Jerusalem Hill (Musquodoboit Harbour)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.89500  154.16000   XML504   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-HammondsPln Hammonds Plains, Halifax County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML509   RM  82.5 PL  Fire-Marinette Marinette (Sheet Harbour)  FM  Fire Dispatch 
153.08000  140.19000   CKN246   RM    Fire-Sand River Sand River, Cumberland County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.12500  149.20000   XML522   RM    Fire-Rawdon Rawdon (Barr Settlement), Hants county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
155.77500  150.90500   CKR234   RM    Fire-New Tusket New Tusket, Digby county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.45500  149.41000   XMZ590   RM    Fire-Creignish Creignish, Inverness county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.53000  149.20000   XML561   RM    Fire-French Lake French Lake (Argyle), Yarmouth county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.30500  149.59000   XML614   RM    Fire-Hunters Mtn Hunters Mountain, Victoria county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
152.27000  157.84500   CKR225   RM  71.9 PL  Fire-Italy Cross Italy Cross, Lunenburg county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.42500  149.47000   XMZ695   RM    Fire-Salem Salem (Amherst), Cumberland county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
153.56000  159.39000   CKL812   RM    Fire-W.Caledonia West Caledonia, Queens county  FM  Fire Dispatch 
150.12500  149.20000   CZM782   RM    Fire-Fox Island Fox Island, Guysborough County  FM  Fire Dispatch 
151.92500  154.10000   XML509   RM    Fire-New Chester New Chester, Guysborough County  FM  Fire Dispatch 

Most departments make at least some use of these repeaters, often for dispatching and paging. It would be wise to monitor the IMRS frequency or frequencies in your area just in case.

These frequencies can be found in the Nova Scotia fire frequencies section of the database.

A description of the IMRS itself, including the location of all tower sites, can be found on the Nova Scotia Integrated Mobile Radio System section of the wiki.

Trunked mobile radio system (TMRS)

All fire departments have at least one portable radio capable of communicating on the provincial radio system, the Aliant Trunked Mobile Radio System (TMRS). The fire departments would use the following talkgroups, depending on what region of the province they are working in (west, central or east):

Description

In some departments these are used by the chiefs and senior members only, in others they are used on a daily basis for all operations. Some departments have their own "private" talkgroup which only they would have access to. Note that Halifax Regional Municipality does not use these talkgroups; please scroll to the bottom for information specific to HRM.

For details on the TMRS, please see the TMRS wiki article.

County-wide unified paging systems

Some counties operate their own county-wide communications, dispatching or paging systems. Click on the county name below for a description of those systems.

Halifax County

All fire stations in Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) are part of the Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Services fire department. For more detail on fire services in HRM please see the Halifax County section of the wiki.

Cape Breton County

All fire stations in Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) are operated by the municipal government. For more detail on fire services in CBRM, please see the Cape Breton County section of the wiki.

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