Incident Type Descriptions
MED: Calls for emergency medical attention in which a patient is transported the hospital. These calls are typically handled with the in district ambulance with 1 EMT- Basic and 1 EMT- Paramedic (a 2nd EMT-Paramedic responds out of headquarters on all reported ALS calls).
FIRE: Call for fire suppression of a building or house. These calls are handled with a first alarm assignment consisting of 3 engines and 1 ladder and full department recall. All of these incidents are for reported fires; they do not always end up as an actual building fire.
MVA: Motor vehicles accident where a standard response in the nearest ambulance and the next due engine. These calls are typically handled with the in district ambulance and the next due engine for hazard containment.
STILL: Calls which include an engine with a compliment of 1 officer and 3 firefighters. Types of calls included are downed or arching wires, car fires, hazmat containment, gas leaks or odors. These calls are handled with 1 Officer and 3 Firefighters in any variation with the engine.
ALARM: Calls for alarms sounding either by a report or through the Gamewell Coded bell system or the King Fisher Radio box system. These calls are handled with 1 Officer and 3 Firefighters in any variation with the engine.
BRUSH: Calls for suppression of a brush or outside type fire. Most responses include at least one brush breaker. These calls are typically handled with 1 Officer and 3 Firefighters in any variation with brush breakers.
TELE: Calls for a commercial or residential fire alarm called in by a telephone alarm company. These calls are handled with 1 Officer and 3 Firefighters in any variation with the engine.
PA: Calls for public assistance, many which include falls when the patient is unable to get up and is uninjured. Other types are lockouts of a vehicle if a child is inside or of a house or building if there is a hazard inside. These types of calls are typically handled with the ambulance or an engine.
INVES: Calls for smoke, carbon monoxide or other investigations, these are typically done by the Duty Officer in a utility vehicle.
WATER: Calls which take place on the water either rescue or fires.
11BOX: The fire department has designated several buildings around town as high life hazards (schools, nursing homes, and hospitals), these alarm box numbers are proceeded with 1-1 (1-1-5-8 is Falmouth High School) and receive a first alarm assignment (3 engines and a ladder) and full department recall.
MUTUA: Calls for mutual aid given to another town, both medical and fire.
DETAIL: Calls for both medical and fire standbys including fire prevention and the standby at the Barnstable County Fair (which explains the steep increase in July every year). These incidents are typically done with a utility vehicle, brush breaker, or spare engine.