Cranbrook, British Columbia

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Introduction

Cranbrook, with a population of 21,000 as of 2007, is located in the southeast corner of BC, surrounded by the Canadian Rockies to the East and the Purcell Mountains to the West. RCMP services are provided by the Cranbrook RCMP detachment. Cranbrook is served by the Cranbrook Fire Department. Emergency health services are provided to the city by the British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS).

Police

The City of Cranbrook is served by the Cranbrook RCMP; PRIME code 'CN'. Cranbrook is also the location of a district office at 2715 Theatre road which houses the East Kootenay Traffic Services; PRIME code 'SE', Police Dog Services and area firearms range.

The Cranbrook RCMP covers the Cranbrook area east to the bridge before Galloway Mill, west to Irishman Creek, north to the 8400 block of Highway 93&95 and ? of Highway 95A.

Frequencies

139.4100 - Mt. Baker - RCMP B
139.5900 - Moyie - RCMP C

Both of the channels are patched and will simulcast onto the other channel.

Dispatch

The Cranbrook RCMP are dispatched from the Kelowna Operational Communications Centre (OCC).

Citizens on Patrol

Frequencies

155.6700 - COP

Fire

The Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services Department (CFD) is a composite department operating out of 2 stations. The fire department has full-time fire fighters and a complement of auxillary fire fighters. The CFD provides Level 1 First Responder for BCAS and responds to these calls with two firefighters. The CFD operates two shifts daily from 0800 to 1800 and 1800 to 0800.

Halls

Hall Number 1

37 11th Avenue South

Bush 1, Engine 1
Hall Number 2

2503 2nd Street South

Aerial?, Engine 3

Dispatch

The Cranbrook Fire and Emergency Services Department operates its own dispatch at No. 1 hall. Dispatch is manned by one uniformed firefighter or a secretary/dispatcher. Cranbrook dispatches all of the East Kootenays and the City of Castlegar. Cranbrook Fire has recently purchased MOTOTRBO series radios and have referred to a channel as "Baker Digital." CFD is currently using this channel for all dispatching. It is unknown what is being used for fire ground communications. Anyone with any further information on this please share it. MOTOTRBO is un-monitorable.

Frequencies

168.0300 - Paging
169.2300 - Tactical
?        - Baker Digital

Call-Signs

501 - Fire Chief
502 - Deputy Fire Chief

Ambulance

The British Columbia Ambulance Service (BCAS) operates 1 station located close to the downtown.

Frequencies

142.1550 - Cranbrook Mt. Baker Base Station RPTR 2 
142.1550 - Cranbrook Interconnect IC2
460.8875 - Mt. Thompson/Wlilmer and Baker Link

Pager Tones

 142.1550
1285.8 / 1395.0 at 1 second / 3 seconds - 403K1 & 403K2
1285.8 / 1321.2 at 1 second / 3 seconds - 403B1 & 403F1


BCAS also uses these special operation channels throughout all of its regions which are dispatched on VHF frequencies.

158.7600 - Provincial Air Ambulance Operations - 123.0
149.4950 - Helicopter Air-to-Ground
149.5900 - Mass Casualty Incident - 123.0
155.4600 - FIRECOM 1
155.8900 - FIRECOM 2

Station 403

Station 403 is located at 1312 2nd Street North. This station runs a total of 2 cars at night and 3 cars during the day.

Station 403
Station 403
403B1 - BLS - 11 hour dayshift / 7 days a week 
403F  - BLS - Standby car 13 hour night shift / 7 days a week
403K1 - BLS - Callout car 24/7
403K2 - BLS - Callout car 11 hour day shift

The station is manned by part-time paramedics and 4 full-time paramedics. The Kootenay East Superintendent is responsible for the Cranbrook station and uses the call sign 4-Sierra-2 (Previously 3-Sierra-7).

A common cross coverage location is Highway 95A in Wycliffe for cars from Kimberley station 414.

Supervisor Call-Signs

3-Echo-1 - Interior Executive Director
3-Delta-1 - Interior Operations Director
3-Charlie-1 Regional Safety Advisor
3-Sierra-1 - Thompson Superintendent
3-Sierra-2 - Cariboo Superintendent
3-Sierra-3 - North Okanagan Superintendent
3-Sierra-4 - South Okanagan Superintendent
3-Sierra-5 - Dispatch Superintendent 1
3-Sierra-6 - Dispatch Superintendent 2
3-Sierra-10 - Kelowna District Supervisor
3-Sierra-20 - Kamloops District Supervisor
4-Sierra-1 - West Kootenays Superintendent
4-Sierra-2 - East Kootenays Superintendent
403-Sierra-1 - Unit Chief
403-Sierra-2 - Acting Unit Chief

STARS

The Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) provides airevac air ambulance helicopter services to the East Kootenay region of the province. STARS is billed to the Province of BC for each flight. Certain BCAS MPDS criteria may lead to an autolaunch of STARS. BCAS paramedics may also request STARS be launched once on scene based on certain injuries. When a BCAS crew activates STARS it may be directed to the scene or to intercept at the hospital. STARS may also respond to the hospital based on a doctor's request. STARS flying time to Cranbrook from their Calgary Airport base is 73 minutes

Frequencies

422.55 - STARS Tac (On Scene Communications)

Call-Signs

C - Aviation Crew
P - Flight Paramedic
N - Flight Nurse

SAR

Cranbrook and District Search and Rescue Society (CBKSAR) provides cold water/ice rescue, steep embankment/high angle rescue, vehicle extrication and ground search and rescue capabilities to the Cranbrook area. CBKSAR is dispatched by the Cranbrook fire department for road rescue operations. CBKSAR provides road rescue capabilities for the Cranbrook area outside of the City of Cranbrook fire protection area.

Frequencies

149.4950 - Operations Repeater
168.0300 - Dispatch

Pager Tones

151.5350
1434 / Long Tone - Highway Rescue


CBKSAR operates three vehicles Rescue 1, Rescue 2 and a command van. The organization is currently awaiting the arrival of a new highwat rescue truck after an extensive fundraising campaign.

Forest Service

Information on the Forest Service can be found through the following wiki pages

South East Fire Centre
British Columbia Forest Service

Business

157.5600 - Tembec
169.5600 - Key City Cabs
171.4500 - Greyhound

External Links

http://ltr.tac9.ca:8000/ - East Kootenay live scanner feed

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