I hope not to offend anyone here, and my message isn't really directed
to those in this group, but more in hope that you will pass it on to
others. I am a communications dispatcher, we do Police/Fire/EMS for an
Ohio County. I think that fully 20% of homes in the area have a scanner
in them (no one turns them down when they call 911).
Many of the dedicated scanner monitors know our frequencies and codes
as well or beter than we do. A problem comes up when we make the
occasional (daily) mistake and say the wrong engine company number
(some have the tones down to the point that they can tell which engine
I am calling by the tone sound-we have about 60 different tones!!).
While I respect the desire that scanner buffs have for monitoring, I
really have my hands full when I am on the job. Very often I do not
have time to answer the phone 5-6 times when this occurs and explain
what happened...I had 2 scanner buffs call in (one on 911) to tell me
that I said engine 1-11 when I toned 2-11 today. Another example:
People that call in to ask details on calls. If the call really is
"intense", I am probably as busy as can get with alarms and stuff...
Thanks for allowing me to vent...