The following information is supplied as a guide to the use of the METROFIRE 10 Alarm Running Cards.
The heavy line on the alarm blocks indicates the METROFIRE level at which the Control Center takes over the dispatching function.
( ) Units noted in parenthesis denote units that are moving within the fire community to the fire scene from a cover assignment.
NOTE: At local option, some communities have chosen to keep 3rd or 4th alarm covering apparatus in cover and send further responding apparatus directly to the fire.
* Asterisks denote communities outside METROFIRE and notes at the bottom of the card indicate how they can be contacted. The Control Center will generally make such contact through the Statewide Network.
Notation of unit numbers under a community on cover assignments denote the unit to be covered in the requesting community.
The Additional Apparatus; Engines and Ladders blocks at the bottom of the form indicate the additional units that can be assigned past the lOth alarm to that community, and still maintain the 1/3 district coverage required by our policy.
The Other Districts block is no longer used. The Statewide Mobilization Plan excerpts at the end of the book denotes the order in which task forces will be called by the Control Center after the available METROFIRE resources have been exhausted.
Responsibility for and the dispatch of lower alarms below the METROFIRE level remain with the local community. Where standard assignments exist they have been listed. Due to the varying assignments within many communities at these lower levels, many of these are left blank to eliminate confusion. It is vital that reports of apparatus responding from mutual aid communities be made to the Control Center on these alarm levels.
A form for requesting changes to Running Card assignments is provided at the end of this card set. Changes must be cleared through the Coordinator and approved before being put into effect.
A list of Uniform Mutual Aid Signals for all communities along with the standard abbreviations used for the communities can be found on the last page of the book.