These codes are used by the dispatcher on the EMS Radio in order to classify calls and dispatch to the field units. When you are listening to your scanner, you will hear the dispatcher give the code first, followed by the location of the call, and finally, the station that is assigned to respond.

EMS Radio CodeDescriptionEMS Radio CodeDescription
1Acute Abdomen21Paralysis
2Amputation22Penetrating Wounds
4Burns25Respiratory ARREST
5Cardiac Symptoms26Respiratory Distress
6Cardiac Arrest27Convulsions/Seizures
7Spinal Injury28Shock
10DOA31MINOR Trauma
11Fever32MAJOR Trauma
12Dislocation/Fracture33MULTIPLE SYSTEMS Trauma
13GI Bleeding34Unknown/Excited Caller
14Gunshot Wound35Unknown/General Illness
16Impairment Similar to Drug/Alcohol Abuse37MED-ALERT Alarm
17Internal45Motor Vehicle Accident
18Nausea/Vomiting55Fire Scene Stand By
19Obstetrics82Emergency Transport
20Overdose83Non-Emergency Transport

When dispatching FIRE calls, the dispatcher uses Plain English to describe the type of fire, therefore, Fire Codes are not used and are not listed here.

When dispatching POLICE calls, our dispatchers are mostly using Plain English, transitioning away from the use of Police Codes.

The Monroe County Control Center policy prohibits the dissemination of Police Codes via the Internet.

The Monroe County Control Center is not responsible for any rebroadcasts of our radio communications on scanner apps.


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