The responsibilities of the Fire Communications Division staff include:
Maintaining the municipal fire alarm system, which monitors fireboxes on the streets and fire alarm panels in buildings within the city. The system consists of nearly 700 fireboxes and over 300 miles of wire.
Maintaining the electronics for the Fire Department, which includes public address systems, sirens, emergency notification devices, traffic control emitters, test equipment, remote control equipment, battery chargers, intercoms, video surveillance equipment, and two-way radios. In addition to the fire radios, they maintain the radios for
all departments and the 800 MHztrunking system.
The Fire Dispatch Center, which has three redundant operating positions and handles approximately 14 thousand calls for service per year for fire and medical emergencies.
Maintaining the hardware and software for fifty computers, two servers, emergency dispatch printers, and the network to eleven remote locations.
Reviewing plans and acceptance testing for new and modified fire alarm systems.