Breaking down the MFB Appliance Portables and their UiD’s.

Many of you who monitor the MMR Network and also like to pay attention to the appliances and portable UiD’s may, or may not, have noticed something in regards to the MFB’s portable radios.

I’m not going to concentrate on the actual primary appliance UiD’s as there are already several resources covering this elsewhere on the net (like the Unofficial MFB Wiki Page) and if you look at the MMR Network UiD’s page on this site you’ll see the primary pattern, that being 199###, where ‘###’denotes the MFB’s appliance fleet number, or ‘Car number’ as it is more commonly referred to. So Car 028 would have a MMR Network UiD of 199028

Back to the main purpose of this blog…MFB portable radios!

Many keen observers are familiar with how appliances portables break down to identifying portables as belonging to a particular station.

As an example let’s look at the basics many will have noticed.

Pumper 50 from Fire Station 50 located in Ascot Vale will have a portable radio UiD showing as 150001, many believe this would breakdown as;

First Part = 1 = MFB
Second Part = 50 = Station 50 (Ascot Vale)
Third Part = 001 = Portable 1

Agency

Station

Portable ID

1

5

0

0

0

1

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Let’s pay particular attention to the Portable ID section, the third part in the above table, being the ‘001’. What many don’t realise is that this section does in fact hold even further identifying protocols, in particular the 4th and 5th digits in the overall UiD, so in essence a fourth part can be introduced.

As a comparison lets also look at another UiD of another appliance from another station, that appliance will also be a different appliance type.

A Pumper Tanker from Fire Station 52 in Tullamarine with a portable radio UiD of 152033, which many would expect to breakdown as;

First Part = 1 = MFB
Second Part = 52 = Station 52 (Tullamarine)
Third Part = 033 = Portable 33

Agency

Station

Portable ID

1

5

2

0

3

3

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

In actual fact the 4th and 5th digits of the over MMR UiD identifies a particular appliance type. In this case the ‘03’ identifies appliances of the ‘Pumper Tanker’ type and the final 6th digit the individual portable number assigned to the appliance.

So the reality is;

First Part = 1 = MFB
Second Part = 52 = Station 52 (Tullamarine)
Third Part = 03 = Appliance Type (Pumper Tanker)
Fourth Part = 3 = Portable 3

Agency

Station

Appliance Type

Portable ID

1

5

2

0

3

3

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

From what I’ve been able to glean so far from various software logs and other notes is that Part 3 which is made up of the 4th and 5th digits should follow the below table;

Part 3

Part 4

4th Digit

5th Digit

6th Digit

0

0

Pumper Individual Portable ID

0

1

Pumper (‘A’ Appliance) Individual Portable ID

0

2

Pumper (‘B’ Appliance) Individual Portable ID

0

3

Pumper Tanker Individual Portable ID

0

4

Ultra Large / DeCon / Hazmat Individual Portable ID

0

5

Water Tanker Individual Portable ID

0

6

Teleboom Individual Portable ID

0

7

Ladder Platforms Individual Portable ID

0

8

Rescue Individual Portable ID

0

9

Control Unit Individual Portable ID

1

0

Transporters (‘A’ Appliance)
Individual Portable ID

1

1

Transporters (‘B’ Appliance)
Individual Portable ID

As with anything there are always exceptions to the rules. For example;

Fire Station 6 Portables still use ID’s which would correspond with a Pumper even though they now use a Pumper Tanker. This is simply because their radios have not had their UiD’s updated since they changed their appliance type some time back. Fire Station 7 is another example of this.

Appliance types may change at a Station should their vehicle become unserviceable and it is replaced with a different appliance type until they get their usual appliance back from the workshops or is back online. An example of this could be when Fire Station 44’s Teleboom is taken offline and there are no spares of this type so it is replaced with a Pumper or Pumper Tanker for a period of time.

Please remember the above is a guide only and does not cover Commanders, Zone Cars, Rehab Units and the like. It also is dependent on crews returning the correct radios to the correct appliance and not moving them about at multi appliance stations.

2 thoughts on “Breaking down the MFB Appliance Portables and their UiD’s.

  1. From my observations:

    P(A): 1FS00X
    P(B): 1FS01X
    PT: 1FS03X
    UP: 1FS04X
    WT: 1FS05X
    TB: 1FS06X
    LP: 1FS07X
    R: 1FS08X
    CU: 1FS09X
    T(A): 1FS10X
    T(B): 1FS11X
    BA: 1FS12X
    BS: 1FS13X
    HZ: 1FS14X

    FS: Station No.
    X: Portable No.

    I suspect 1FS02X was the short-lived allocation for the Com Ladders.

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