Saturday, February 28, 2009

Toledo Fire Line of Duty Death Notification

City of Toledo Ohio Firefighter and Paramedic Michael Darrington passed away yesterday afternoon, Friday February 27th 2009, while on duty at Toledo Fire Station 14.

Toledo Blade Article:

I have posted an Audio Log file of the Line of Duty Death (LODD) Notification annoucement from the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue Operations. There is a link to the file in the Selected Activity Library ( on the Audio Logs page.

Direct Link:
02/27/2009 - Toledo Fire LODD Notification - FF Mike Darrington (0.7 MB)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Interesting Live Feed with Pro96Com Screen Visual

Here is an interesting live scanner feed that is using Pro96Com software for a screen visual. This feed is from Westmoreland County in the State of Pennslyania. Head on over to and click on the "LIVE FEED PAGE" on the left menu (or direct link to the page at The screen visual is displaying live talk group, radio ID and radio description along with the radio system audio.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Audio Logs from Lake Erie Ice Rescue

I have posted a series of Audio Log files from this weekend's ice rescue operations on the western basin of Lake Erie. There is a link to the files in the Selected Activity Library ( on the Audio Logs page.

The files contain selected audio communications from Jerusalem Twp and the mutual aid provided by Oregon, Toledo, and Washington Twp. Ottawa County, the United States Coast Guard and numerous other agencies also participated significantly in the rescue operations.

The morning of Saturday, February 7th, 2009 saw warm temperatures and a strong southwest wind that pushed hundreds of ice fishers out into the lake on an 8 mile long ice flow (or floe). A large 100 yard wide crack developed from Davis Besse and west to Maumee Bay. (The Lake Erie MODIS Ice Coverage Satellite Imagery actually shows a pretty good visual.) Most of the rescue operations were conducted off of the Crane Creek, Metzger Marsh and Magee Marsh areas in Lucas and Ottawa County.

The VHF Marine channel file contains communications between the USCG Rescue Helicopters "65xx" and the C-130 "2005" (based out of Elizabeth City NC), as well as Sector Detroit, Station Toledo, and Lucas County. The Oregon Ops 5-2 talk group from the Lucas County P25 county wide digital radio system was the primary Interop and Incident Command channel for Jerusalem Twp FD, and I have included some additional agency specific communications.

Direct Links:
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - VHF Marine Ch 23 (8.2 MB)
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - Oregon Ops 5-2 (9.4 MB)
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - Toledo FD Ch 7 (2.0 MB)
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - Oregon FD Ops (1.9 MB)
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - Jerusalem Twp FD Ops (4.5 MB)
02/07/2009 - Lake Erie Ice Rescue - Washington Twp FD Ops (7.0 MB)

The feed archive over at Scan America has plenty of the communications as well (search between 11AM and 2PM on 02/07/09):

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Significant Ice Rescue Operations in Progress on Western Lake Erie

Significant ice rescue operations are in progress on the western basin on Lake Erie. Jerusalem Twp FD (Lucas County) is the lead agency, with Oregon FD, Toledo FD, Washington Twp FD assiting as well as agencies from Ottawa County. There are reports of upwards of 150-500 people trapped on ice flows. A significant 100 yard wide crack from Davis Besse plant west to Maumee Bay has developed. Staging and command posts are at the Metzger Marsh and Crane Creek State Park areas. A USCG helicopter from Air Station Detroit is overhead, ProMedica Air 1 helicopter is also enroute. Live feed scanner activity is on (Lucas County, Ohio Live Police, Fire, and EMS Scanners).