The following is a list of abbreviations and terms used in our news articles and Facebook fan page. It will help make your reading more enjoyable.
AFA-Automatic Fire Alarm
Box – Box Number - used in cities, these were the box alarms located on street corners
BN – Battalion Chief - the chief in charge of a group of firefighters
Collyers Mansion Conditions -A dwelling of hoarders that is filled with trash and debris
D/W/H – Doubtful Will Hold - The chief is doubtful he can hold the fire with units on hand
E/O/R – End of Row - a house at the end of a row of houses
F.A.S.T. -Firefighter Assist and Search Team aka R.I.T. Rapid Intervention Team
L/S/O – Lines Stretched and Operating - number of handlines in-service
M/O/R – Middle of Row - a house in the middle of a row of houses
MVA – Motor Vehicle Accident - car accident
O/M/D – Occupied Multiple Dwelling - Apartment building
P/W/H – Probable Will Hold - The chief can probably control the fire with units assigned
S/F/D – Single Family Dwelling - a dwelling not attached to a row
Taxpayer – A building housing multiple commercial tenants - a one-story strip mall
Here is a List of Whitehall Unit Numbers, Conversion Chart from Radio Numbers to Actual Unit Numbers Described on this Website:
LC Station 36 = Station 1 (Fullerton)
LC Station 37 = Station 2 (West Catasauqua)
LC Station 38 = Station 3 (Hokendauqua)
LC Station 39 = Station 4 (Egypt)
LC Station 40 = Station 5 (Cementon)
Station 35 = Chief Officers of Department
History of these old numbers: Whitehall used the single digit apparatus numbers when they were dispatched by Whitehall. When they switched to Lehigh County Radio in the early 1990’s, the request to keep the old numbering system fell on deaf ears.
Some apparatus still wear the old numbers. As a former member of this department, and having a strong belief in keeping with tradition, this website will still honor the old numbering system. The tradition of the Whitehall Fire Department shall not be forgotten!