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Emergency Reports

The Fire Department Emergency Reports are sorted from the database by date, then time. The first incident shown on a report is the first incident for that day; the last incident on the report is the last incident for that day.

The following is an explanation of the main column headings on both the Medic and Fire reports.

This Guide also includes the types of resources (engines, ladders, etc.) that are typically sent to respond to the type of incident.

Inc #: The incident number. The first two digits are the year. Incident numbers are a unique number assigned to every emergency that the Fire Department responds to.

Unit: Codes indicating the type of vehicle that is sent to an incident. A number after a letter is just an identifier. Engine numbers have a particular meaning: the engine number indicates the fire station that the engine is assigned to. So, E17 means Engine 17 which is assigned to Fire Station 17. Other Codes include:

      A - Aid Van (similar to a Medic Van)
      B - Battalion chief vehicle
      E - Engine
      L - Ladder
      M - Medic Van

Disp: The time, in Military format, that the Units were dispatched by the Fire Alarm Center.

By: A code indicating which dispatcher made the dispatch.

Onsc: On-scene arrival time in hours:minutes from the time of dispatch.

NOTE: Sometimes the arrival time is missing or it indicates that the Unit took hours to arrive. Missing times and exceptionally long times are usually errors in recording that occur during the incident. Errors are usually corrected or an explanation is noted in the final incident report, or after an investigation of the incident is done by the Fire Department. However, the original Morning Report records are not changed in order to preserve an accurate picture of what occurred and what was, or was not, recorded at the time of the event.

Insrv: The hour:minute when a Unit is available to respond to another incident (Unit is back in-service).

Type: Codes indicating the type of incident.


Last Modified:   May 24, 2007

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