Seattle-King County Public Safety (KCERS)

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[Misc. System Information

Dispatch Centers When describing the assignment and use of specific trunked radio system talk groups in King County Washington it is useful to understand how the Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) handle 9-1-1 calls for police, fire and EMS services. There are 11 PSAPs in King County: . Bothell Police - Primary . Enumclaw - Primary . Issaquah Police - Primary . NORCOM - Primary & Secondary . Port of Seattle - Primary . Redmond Police - Primary . Seattle Police - Primary . Seattle Fire - Secondary . University of Washington - Primary & Secondary . ValleyCom ¬- Primary & Secondary . Washington State Patrol - Primary

The Washington State Patrol serves as the Primary PSAP for calls originating on Interstate highways. Radio being an inexact science means that WSP will receive cellular calls which are not within WSPs jurisdiction and other Primary PSAPs receive some calls which must be transferred to WSP.

Except for Seattle Fire, all other PSAPs serve law enforcement agencies and when the call originates from within the area served by the PSAP, it will be answered by the PSAP serving the law enforcement agency. For example, Redmond Police answers 9-1-1 calls that originate in Redmond and Duvall. Calls for law enforcement service will be handled by Redmond. Calls for Fire / EMS service are handled by NORCOM, which means that Redmond transfer the 9-1-1 call to NORCOM. In consolidated dispatch centers (PSAPs), radio talk groups are assigned to optimize the radio dispatcher work load and the needs of the agencies. A talk group may serve a single agency, part of an agency or more than one agency.

In King County fire agencies also provide emergency medical service (EMS). Basic Life Support (BLS) is provided by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and Advanced Life Support (ALS) is provided by Paramedics. All Firefighters are trained as EMTs. Some firefighters are trained as Paramedics. In South King County, paramedic service is provided by King County Medic One, not by the fire departments. A useful summary of EMS providers in King County is available at file:///C:/Users/Mark%20B.%20Nelson/Downloads/2013AnnualReport.pdf

King County Fire Agencies have consolidated 9-1-1 call answering and radio dispatching to four communications centers. King County is organized in to fire zones, and mutual aid talk groups include zone numbers. The fire zones and dispatch centers are organized as follows:

Fire Zone Communications Center Comments

1 NORCOM Serves North King County 2 Decommissioned Now Part of Zone 1 3 ValleyCom Serves South King County 4 Decommissioned Now Part of Zone 3 5 Seattle Fire Serves City of Seattle

Fire agencies continue to consolidate and form regional entities that provide service to multiple fire districts and/or cities.

A Fire Zone map is available at

Agencies in King County are served by dispatch centers as follows: 1. Algona Police ValleyCom 2. Auburn Police ValleyCom 3. Beau Arts Police King County Sheriff 4. Bellevue Fire NORCOM 5. Bellevue Police NORCOM 6. Black Diamond Police ValleyCom 7. Bothell Fire NORCOM 8. Bothell Police Bothell Police 9. Carnation Police King County Sheriff 10. Clyde Hill Police NORCOM 11. Covington Police King County Sheriff 12. Des Moines Police ValleyCom 13. Duvall Fire NORCOM 14. Duvall Police Redmond Police 15. Eastside Fire and Rescue NORCOM 16. Enumclaw Fire Enumclaw 17. Enumclaw Police Enumclaw 18. Fall City Fire NORCOM 19. Fall City Police King County Sheriff 20. Federal Way Police ValleyCom 21. Hunts Point Police NORCOM 22. Issaquah Police Issaquah Police 23. Kenmore Police King County Sheriff 24. Kent Fire ValleyCom 25. Kent Police ValleyCom 26. King County King County Sheriff 27. King County Medic One ValleyCom 28. Kirkland Fire NORCOM 29. Kirkland Police NORCOM 30. Lake Forest Park Police Bothell Police 31. Maple Valley Police King County Sheriff 32. Medina Police NORCOM 33. Mercer Island Fire NORCOM 34. Mercer Island Police NORCOM 35. New Castle Police King County Sheriff 36. North Bend Police King County Sheriff 37. Northshore Fire NORCOM 38. Pacific Police ValleyCom 39. Redmond Fire NORCOM 40. Redmond Police Redmond Police 41. Renton Fire ValleyCom 42. Renton Police ValleyCom 43. Sammamish Police King County Sheriff 44. SeaTac Airport Fire Port of Seattle 45. SeaTac Airport Police Port of Seattle 46. SeaTac Fire ValleyCom 47. SeaTac Police King County Sheriff 48. Seattle Fire Seattle Fire Alarm Center 49. Seattle Police Seattle Police Communications 50. Shoreline Police King County Sheriff 51. Shoreline Fire NORCOM 52. Skykomish Police King County Sheriff 53. Skykomish Fire NORCOM 54. Snoqualmie Police Issaquah Police 55. Snoqualmie Pass Fire NORCOM 56. Tukwila Fire ValleyCom 57. Tukwila Police ValleyCom 58. University of Washington Police University of Washington 59. Woodinville Police King County Sheriff 60. Yarrow Point Police NOCROM

9-1-1 calls from Normandy Park are answered by the Fife Police Communications Center, which dispatches Normandy Park police officers and transfers calls for fire and EMS service to ValleyCom, which dispatches the Burien Fire Department (King County Fire District #2). Fife is located in Pierce County.

The use of each talk group and the agencies that typically use the talk group is indicated in the tables identifying the talk group numbers.

Trunked Radio System The King County trunked radio system is made up of three subsystems known as: Seattle, EPSCA (Eastside Public Safety Communications Agency) and KC / VC (King County / ValleyCom). The reason there are three subs-systems is primarily because of politics. For the scanner user, the three sub-systems present some challenges because of the way that talkgroups are served and the limited, yet often overlapping, radio coverage from each of the sub-systems. Newer scanner technology which allows control channels for multiple systems to be configured in a single scanner system reduce the complexity of needing to know which sub-system will carry the talkgroup traffic, but the overall system configuration means that there will be instances when a talkgroup may not be carried on the subsystem that the scanner is affiliated with.

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