Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tasmanian 000 Services Frequency Guide

Tasmanian 000 Services Frequency Guide

Updated: September 2016

Tasmania Fire Service

The Tasmania Fire Service is unique in Australia, in that the 'rural' and 'urban' brigades are the one entity, the Tasmanian Fire Service. As such there is no division between those brigades in the metropolitan and country areas. All brigades use the same VHF radio system.  Volunteer personnel form the bulk of fire fighting brigades in the country, and volunteers support the regular fire fighters in the metropolitan areas.  The only 'retained' fire fighter stations are Hobart, Launceston, Devonport and Burnie.

In the past the TFS channels have sometimes used for special events, such as Targa Tasmania, although this does not seem to happen anymore. As more people have and use UHF CB’s, the TFS has developed a policy in which at a fire UHF CB channel 12 will be used as a fire ground chat channel between TFS vehicles also for landholders to get help and communicate, UHF CB channel 13 may be used for specific communications in emergency's also, where the TFS radios on VHF may not be helpful, e.g. a landholder stuck and wanting specific advice or similar.

Frequency       Channel Numbers      Area covered or use

76.0375           F35                              Major Incident 5 - simplex

76.4875           F34                              Major Incident 4 - simplex

77.0000           F33                              Major Incident 3 – simplex

77.5875           F37                              Major Incident Repeater2

77.7500           F36                              Major Incident Repeater1

78.0375           F38                              Portable Repeater

78.0625           F9 & F30                     Devonport & Hobart secondary

78.3375           Nil allocated                Tasman Peninsula area

78.5250           F11 & F24                   Northern Midlands & far North East region               

78.5625           F5, F18 & F25             Mersey Valley, Flinders Island & Southern Midlands

78.6500           F16 & F23                   Tamar Valley / North-east & South-East Region

78.6875           Nil allocated                Mole Creek / Deloraine area

78.8875           F1 & F20                     North West region & South-East region & training

79.0375           F8, F19 & F29             Burnie, Launceston & Hobart (Main urban frequency)

79.1375           T3                                Dover area

79.5000           Nil allocated                Bothwell area

79.5625           F2, F10 & F28             King Island, Northern region & South-East region

79.6000           F6, F14 & F26             West Coast, Esk Valley, Midlands & South-East region

79.6125           F7, F15 & F27             West Coast, Esk Valley / East coast & far Southern

79.6500           F4, F13 & F21             Far North-West region, Far North-East & Southern East

79.6625           F3, F12 & F22             North West, North East, East Coast and Flinders Island

79.8375           F32                              Major Incident 2 - simplex

79.9375           F31                              Major Incident 1 – simplex

(All the above channels are repeaterised (except where noted as simplex), but operators can select low power simplex for car to car operations, base will not hear these simplex operations)

The TFS also has other channels programmed into their radios that operate on the Forestry and other timber producing companies and State Emergency Service frequencies. 

In particular instances Ambulance, heavy industry, councils and a few miscellaneous channels are programmed in to some radios should the need arise to liaise with other services.

Other frequencies:

The TFS have in recent years installed “on truck” repeaters in the 400MHz UHF band, these are used to allow crews to talk to each other and back to the truck which then links in to the main VHF channels as above. These frequencies are well worth having programmed in.

411.18750       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

411.61250       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

412.36250       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

415.46250       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

415.47500       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

415.48750       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

415.51250       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

415.53750       TFS UHF SIMPLEX

Call signs:

The base is always referred to as 'FireComm', and has its radio room centralised in Hobart.

Units are initially referred to by their originating station name, and a two digit number which indicates their type:

1-1.0                Sedans / station wagons

1.1-2.0             Urban heavy pumper, 4 person cabin. (In main city stations)

2.1-3.0             Urban medium pumper, 4 person cabin

3.1-4.0             4WD heavy tanker, (some new 3.xP are now active with a 4 person cabin)

4.1-5.0             4WD medium tanker

5.1-6.0             4WD light tanker

6.1-7.0             Metropolitan appliances - Simon Snorkel & Teleboom

7.1-8.0             4WD dual cab utility

8.1-9.0             Rescue, HazMat & miscellaneous

9.1-9.9             SES Rescue vehicles

Division Vehicles:

Vehicles attached to commission divisions, that fit the above descriptions will also be numbered according to this system. Vehicles at the training division then become “training 2-1” and “training 2-2”


Commission officers, and senior brigade personnel, both career and volunteer, are referred to as their own personal call sign this is because they sometimes shift between vehicles at large vegetation fires, or may be using a portable radio. Examples of these are below:

Position                                                                      Call sign example

Chief Officer                                                               Commission 1

State manager, Engineering Services                       Engineering Services 1

State manager, Communications Division                 Communications 1

Regional Officer (e.g. South)                                      Southern 1

Group Officer (e.g. Derwent)                                      Derwent 1

Brigade Chief (e.g. Hobart)                                        Hobart 1

Second Officer (e.g. Kingston)                                   Kingston 2

District Officer, (e.g. Hobart Operations)                    Hobart 2

District Officer, (e.g. East Coast)                                East Coast 1

Base station                                                              Call sign example

State-wide Dispatch Office                                        Firecom

Regional Control Room (e.g. North)                          Northern Base

Group Headquarters (e.g. Derwent)                          Derwent Group

Brigade Station, (e.g. Glenorchy)                              Glenorchy Station


Air Services Australia have allocated standard call signs for use by aircraft operated by authorities, for fire fighting purposes. The first prefix “7” identifies the Tasmanian based aircraft. The second allocates the type, and the third is the typical “issue number”

Aircraft                                                                       Call sign example

General fire support aircraft                                       Firebird 701, 702 etc.

General fire support aircraft (crew insertion)              Helitack 711, 712 etc.

Fire bombing aircraft (Fixed and rotary)                     Bomber 721, 722 etc.

Co-ordination of fire bombing aircraft                        Birddog 741, 742 etc.

Intelligence (Fire) gathering aircraft                           Fire spotter 751, 752 etc.

Remote sensing fire operations aircraft                     Fire scan 761, 762 etc.


The Tasmania Fire Service uses a formal style of communicating, but it is good to note that all pro-words used by the fire service are not “implied” as such, and are understandable to the layman. The only pro-words worth knowing are the vehicle movements. These are:

Pro Word                                           Meaning

Mobile/Responding                             en route to an incident

Arrived - Establishing * control           First vehicle on scene ( * = nearest landmark or street)

Arrived                                                Second, third etc. appliance arrived on scene

Closing Down                                     Closing down the incident control

In service                                            Vehicle in service, able to respond to other incidents

Returning                                            Returning to their respective station

Stationed                                             In service, and stationed at their respective station

Other call signs:

F.I - followed by a number: Fire Investigations

CommTech - Communications technicians

Portable followed by a number - Handheld radio which originates from an appliance of the same number i.e. Launceston 1.1 & portable 1.1 are the same crew.

Code orange/3 - Normal road conditions

Code red/1 - Lights and sirens.

Upon arrival to the fire scene, the senior officer will assume the call sign of the street name or locality appended with ‘control’; for example "Brisbane Street control" or "Kmart  control" or “Queechy high school control”

All messages are passed without codes in plain English, and are quite descriptive which makes listening to the fire service easy.

Tasmanian Ambulance Service

The Tasmanian Ambulance Service (TAS) is the government run ambulance service covering all of Tasmania. The frequencies below are 'repeaterised', except where noted. In areas where the network does not reach, such as the west coast and far north east and far north west, the ambulance will share the local fire service frequencies, only using different CTCSS tones.

77.1250                                   Car to car simplex state wide. (Not logged in a few years)

Southern Tasmania

77.2375                                   Hobart city simplex                

78.2500                                   Mt Wedge

78.4125                                   Mt Rumney (Hobart area)

78.9125                                   Mt Faulkner (Hobart & southern Tasmania)

78.9250                                   Herringback (Huonville & surrounding areas)

78.8625                                   Mt Koonya (Tasman Peninsula area)

78.8500                                   Bradys Sugarloaf (southern central plateau)

79.0875                                   Mt Hobbs (southern Tasmania)

Northern Tasmania

78.7750                                   Millers Bluff (Northern Midlands)

78.6250                                   Mt Barrow (Launceston & North East Tasmania)

78.7000                                   Mt Dismal (Tamar valley & Launceston)

79.0625                                   West Launceston (shared with Fire Service)

78.8250                                   Dazzler Range (central north Tasmania)

78.4875                                   Flinders Island

North West Tasmania

78.3750                                   Kelcy Tier (Devonport)

78.2500                                   Sullocks Hill (Penguin / Ulverstone)

78.5125                                   Montumana (Rocky Cape area)

78.9125                                   Companion Hill (Hampshire area)

79.3125                                   Round Hill (Burnie)

79.3500                                   Mt Claude (Kentish area)

Other frequencies:

The Tasmanian Ambulance Service have in recent years installed “on truck” repeaters in the 400MHz UHF band, these are used to allow crews to talk to each other and back to the truck which then links in to the main VHF channels as above.





The ambulance service also has access to the fire service, council and miscellaneous other channels.

Call signs:

The base is always referred to as 'T.A.S.' and has its radio room centralised in Hobart.

Vehicles are identified by a three digit number, with the first digit indicating the type of vehicle:

100-399           - Administration vehicles

400-499           - Patient transport vans

500-599           - Supervisors station wagons, carrying medical supplies, but unable to do transports

600-699           - Rescue units

700-799           - 'Regular' ambulances

800-899           - 'Light' ambulances

900-999           - 4WD ambulances

MedEvac 1      - Air Ambulance

Codes used:

A & E - (Sounds like A.N.E) Accident and Emergency at the Hospital.

D.E.M - Department Of Emergency Medicine. (Is replacing A&E above)

QV - Queen Victoria Maternity Unit - Used for the arrival of newborns.

TNR -Transport Not Required.

A / Alpha - Serious condition; life threatening. (Old CAT 1)

B / Bravo - Serious condition; not life threatening. (Old CAT 2)

C / Charlie - Patient dying unlikely to live.

D / Delta - Not urgent or low Priority. (Old CAT 3)

E / Echo - Patient deceased. (Old CAT 5)

Alert 41 – Police required

DOA – Dead On Arrival

PFO – Patient Fell Over.

The TAS radio system is probably the least interesting to listen to, since much of the communication about jobs is done before the ambulance leaves the station, and selcalls are used to indicate the status of the ambulance: proceeding to job; arriving at job; leaving job for hospital; and lastly clear of hospital & clear to take new jobs.  There are other codes, but the above codes give you the general idea.                

St John Ambulance

Existing VHF allocation:

76.9125           St John ambulance allocation simplex

This new network is presently being installed across the state; however it is not yet operational.  It appears to be designed to support the SJAs operations at major public events (shows, sporting events etc.) The frequencies below are for reference only.








State Emergency Service (SES)

The SES is a volunteer based, Emergency Response agency, supported by a small number of permanent staff members located statewide. The SES utilizes the following channels in their Road Accident Rescue, Search and Rescue, Storm Damage and General Response roles.

     Channel          Area / use
           81-83               Grass Tree Hill, Snow Hill and Tyler’s Hill Repeater

77.675             84                    Mt Maria & Bonneys Tier Repeater
          85                    Mt Koonya Repeater
          86                    Bradys Sugarloaf Repeater  (Planned Repeater)
           87,90,91          Mt Arthur, Table Cape and Mt Cleveland Repeater

79.2250           88                   South Sister Repeater (Planned Repeater)
     89                   Mt Horror (Planned Repeater)
    92                   Mount Read (Planned Repeater)
     94                   Simplex Operations
     96                   Police SAR Repeater (Planned Portable Repeater)
     98                   SES Portable Repeater
       99                   Disaster Liaison Channel (Simplex Operations)

The SES uses the standard VHF Tasmanian Emergency Services Radio Plan, Which gives access to TAS Fire, TAS Ambulance, Forestry Tasmania, Parks and Wildlife, Council and Private Forestry Company radio channels.

SES can be heard on TFS channels when attending Road Accident Rescue incidents (ie. "Unit Name 9.1" 9.2 9.3 etc" call signs) on Channel 98 or 99 during Search and Rescue Operations and on their local repeater or simplex channel during Storm Damage incidents and other SES activities. Some SES staff members also have access to the Police EDACS system (Police Call Groups, Romeo Call signs) for inter-agency communications if required.

But what about the Tasmania Police Service?

I have purposely omitted the Tasmania Police Service channels for a few very good reasons.  The TAS Police use a sophisticated 800 MHz EDACS trunking radio network. At the best of times is very difficult to listen to and you will find that a considerable percentage of their communications uses "Provoice" digital encrypted transmissions.

The only active VHF frequency is:

79.0250 - Police Search & Rescue portable repeater

The Tasmania Police Service also have two VHF air band frequencies which get very little use however, they may be handy to have, just in case:

119.1000         For helicopter use

131.6000         For helicopter use

A final note:

Please don't use this information to go 'chasing ambulances'.  The professionals of all emergency services have a job to do, and wouldn't appreciate you getting in the way with your scanner.  Use your scanner sensibly, and stay well out of the way.

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