Forest Protection Bureau

Ch.  Freq.     District         Dist.#  Counties Covered / Use
 1   159.315                            mobile to mobile
 2   159.225   Tallahassee        4     Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla, Gadsden & Franklin
               Withlacoochee     11     Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Pasco & Sumter
 3   159.240   Jacksonville       7     Nassau, Duval & Clay
               Myakka River      15     Manatee, Desoto, Hardee, Sarasota & Charlotte
 4   159.270   Blackwater         1     Escambia, Santa Rosa & Okaloosa
               Perry              5     Dixie, Taylor, Lafayette & Madison
               Orlando           12     Brevard, Orange, Osceola & Seminole
 5   159.330   Suwannee           6     Columbia, Hamilton, Baker, Suwannee, Bradford & Union
               Lakeland          14     Polk, Hillsborough & Pinellas
 6   159.390   Waccasassa         8     Marion & Levy
               Everglades        18     Palm Beach, Broward, Dade & Monroe
 7   159.405   Chipola            2     Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Walton & Washington
               Waccasassa         8     Alachua, Putnam & Gilchrist
               Okeechobee        16     Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin, Glades & Highlands
 8   159.450   Bunnell           10     Volusia, St. Johns & Flagler
               Caloosahatchee    17     Lee, Hendry & Collier
 9   151.235                            Tactical
10   151.295                            Tactical
11   159.285                            Southeast Compact
12   151.235                            Alpha repeater
13   151.295                            Bravo repeater
14   169.175                            USFS Dispatch
15   169.900                            USFS Fire
16   154.265                            Mutual Aid - "Red Channel"
17   154.280                            Mutual Aid - "White Channel"
18   154.295                            Mutual Aid - "Blue Channel"
19   159.300                            Base to Base / Flight following
     122.925                            Air to Air
     159.360                            Inter-agency with Georgia Forestry Commission
     159.375                            Fire Towers

(Received the following information from the Florida DOF)
These are the standard 19 channels that every radio in DOF have programmed.
Our portables have a different layout, but it is all pretty much the same
frequencies.  Some common fireground frequencies are 1, 9 and 10 when DOF
units are talking to each other.  16, 17, and 18 when we're working on
the fireground with other agencies, such as the structural departments.
Channel 19 is the frequency the different districts talk to each other
(rare) and also how we track our aircraft as they go from district to
district (very common).  Our aircraft, like our helicopters and DOF
detection planes, use the frequency for that district or 1, 9, 10, 16, 17,
or 18.  When an airtanker or any other non-DOF aircraft is on the fire
scene... our DOF detection plane will coordinate the air effort through
VHF-air frequencies.  These range in the 120's.

As the fire occurrence increases around the state, you'll hear a load of
activity on 16, 17, and 18.  We have also set up our repeaters in many
areas already for channels 12 and 13.  During the normal year the
repeaters are inoperable.  During high fire times we will initiate their

The radios we use are Midland 80 Channel Syntec-1, we are currently
switching to the Midland 320 Channel Syntec-2.  The Syntec-2 is 100 watts
and really helps the signal get out of the woods.  We have NO plans of
going to 800MHz.  800MHz doesn't work well in the forested conditions.

1 - 10  Officers in Charge
25 - Fire reconnaissance plane (ex. Orlando 25, Chipola 25 etc.)
Forestry 26 - DOF Helicopter with water bucket
Shadow xx - Florida National Guard Blackhawk Helicopter with water bucket

Even unit numbers starting with 30 are transport trucks.
Odd unit numbers starting with 31 are tractor units.

Orlando 56 (transport truck) with Orlando 57 (tractor)

168.675  Operations
122.925  Aircraft Operations

164.825  Fire Protection  (pl 123.0)
169.100  Fireground
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