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ith a population of approximately 500,000, the Region of Waterloo is located in the heart of Southwestern Ontario. This feed covers the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot, and Woolwich.  While Police and EMS services have been amalgamated throughout the Region of Waterloo, the fire services remain city and township based. As a result, there are three city fire departments and four volunteer township fire departments. Frequencies of the various department are listed at the bottom of this page.  



Below you will find some common terminology heard over the scanner.  

Switching to Tac – Fire crews stay on the dispatch channel until the first unit arrives on scene, then they switch to a tactical channel so that the dispatch channel can be used to dispatch other units/stations as needed. (Ex. “Waterloo Pump 3 on scene, nothing visible, switching to Tac.”)

E1, E2, E3, E4   When referring to an area of a building/property each side is given an number.  E1 is always the side that faces the street, and E2-E4 are clockwise from E1

Working Fire  A structure fire that is big enough to require multiple units/stations to be called and for the incident command system to be used.

Fully involved A working fire that has spread to more then half the building.

MVC  Motor Vehicle Collision.

VSA  Vital Signs Absent (not breathing and have no pulse)

Tiered response When more then one agency responds to an incident.  Usually referred to in medical calls where Fire, EMS and Police are dispatched.

EMS Emergency Medical Service (Paramedics)

RIT Rapid Intervention Team.  This is a team of firefighters whose sole specialty is to enter a structure and rescue any firefighters who become injured or trapped and have called for assistance.

Hazmat   A Hazmat unit is specially trained to handle hazardous materials.

Hot Zone  The hot zone is the area where the incident is happening.  (Ex. At a working fire the hot zone is inside the building.  At a hazmat call, the hot zone is the area containing the hazardous material)

Heavy Hydraulics Cutting and spreading tools that are powered by high pressure hydraulic fluid.  These tools are most often used to free people who are trapped in vehicles after a motor vehicle acident.   The “Jaws of life” is a brand name of a heavy hydraulic tool.

Mayday When a firefighter becomes trapped, injured, or in need of assistance at a scene they will call a mayday to request assistance and the RIT team will be sent to rescue them. (Ex. Over the radio you will hear “Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!”)

Rehab Fighting a fire is very physically demanding work so to make sure firefighters don’t over exhausted or dehydrated they are sent to rehab after being in the hot zone so they can rest, cool down, and re-hydrate. 


 Scanned Frequencies Waterloo Region Fire Departments

The Region of  Waterloo employs an EDACS trunked radio system for their Police, Fire, Transportation and other city services. What is EDACS? EDACS is a radio communications system that provides high-speed wireless analog voice, digital voice, and data communications.

 The system is comprised of  primary control channels and alternate control channels. At any given time, each site (Police, Fire, City Services etc.) has one control channel. The remaining channels are used as working channels, and functions such as call queuing, emergency calls, and call prioritization are always available.

The Fire scanner is programmed to receive certain talkgroups from within the Waterloo Region EDACS system, and are listed below. Primary control frequencies ( also listed below) are in red.

01 868.32500c 

02 868.52500c 

03 868.73750c 

04 868.93750c 

05 868.22500c 

06 868.42500 

07 868.62500 

08 868.83750 

09 866.47500 

10 868.57500 

11 868.78750 

12 868.98750 

13 868.27500 

14 868.47500 



Talkgroup Description

00-017 ON Fire Marshall Link
04-055 Reg Fire Disp
05-062 Fire Rehab
02-041 Kit Fire Disptsh
02-042 Kitch TAC 1
02-043 Kitch TAC 2
02-046 Kitch Fire Grd 1
02-047 Kitch Fire Grd 2
02-051 Kitch FS
02-053 Kitch Fire Prevention
02-054 Kitch Medical
02-060 Kitch Admin 1
04-041 Cambridge Dispatch
04-042 Cambridge TAC 1

Talkgroup Description

04-043 Cambridge TAC 2
04-046 Cambridge Ground 1
04-047 Cambridge Ground 2
06-041 Waterloo Disp
06-042 Waterloo TAC 1
06-043 Waterloo TAC 2
06-046 Waterloo Grd 1
06-047 Waterloo Grd 2
06-053 Waterloo Fire Prevention
06-054 Waterloo Medical
06-060 Waterloo Admin 1
08-041 Woolich Dispatch
08-042 Woolich TAC 1
08-043 Woolich Tac 2

Talkgroup Description

08-047 Woolich Administration
14-041 N Dumphries Disp
14-054 N Dumphries TAC 1
14-042 N Dumphries TAC
14-043 N Dumphries TAC
14-055 N Dumphries TAC
10-041 Wilmot Dispatch
10-042 Wilmot TAC 1
10-043 Wilmot TAC 2
12-047 Wellesly Special
12-044 Wellesly TAC 1
12-045 Wellesly TAC 2
15-157 Fire Police Patch

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