Member's Area
The Member's Area contains an extensive knowledge base of communication procedures for Boston Fire Fighters.  Access is restricted to users on the BFD network..


1925

In October 1923, the first use of fire service two-way radio in the United States was introduced in Boston.  Initially used for communications with the fireboats, the simultaneous transmission of alarms by radio was commenced on June 26, 1928


Special Signals

SIGNAL BOOSTERS

The State Building Code requires that all buildings with a few exceptions, provide reliable radio communications for firefighters.

All Signal Boosters operating on frequencies licensed to the BFD must comply with the BFD Fire Fighter Communication Systems Specification


Related Links

The view from one of our antennas

National Interoperabilty Field Operations Guide

Mayor's Office of Emergency Preparedness

Metro Boston Interop

MetroFire Run Cards

Fire Alarm Box Patent

IAFF

BFD

Boston Firefighters utilize 4 repeated channels for fireground operations, 1 channel for station alerting, and 5 channels for tactical operations.  If you own a scanner here are the frequencies that will allow you to listen in.

Portable Radio Zone Chart

UHF Channel Plan
All radios assigned to firefighting units comply with the Metro Boston Homeland Security Region's channel plan, The plan provides 6 interoperability zones used by the 9 member communities.



Fireground Communications

Boston Firefighters recently battled a 9 alarm on Beacon St. This PDF provides 2 hours of radio traffic condensed into a non-stop 33 minutes of audio. The newest version of Adobe Reader is required.

9 Alarms

Book

Voice Radio Communications Guide

This guide to firefighter communications systems is geared towards system planners but should be a "must-read" for all fire fighters