CALCORD is the California On-Scene Coordination Frequency, 156.075 MHz (yep,
in the maritime freq band...ah well)...
Thank you to Don Root and Kirk J. Smith for your assistance
California On-Scene Emergency Coordination Radio Plan (CALCORD)
The California On-Scene Emergency Coordination System is established to
provide common radio frequencies to be used statewide by state and local
Public Safety and Special Emergency agencies during periods of man-made
or natural disasters or other emergencies where interagency coordination
It operates under appropriate Federal Communications Commission Rules and
Regulations and is administered by the State of California through the
Office of Emergency Services. The Office of Emergency Services
Telecommunications Advisory Committee exercises general supervision and
Participation in CALCORD is open to all California Local Government
agencies which are eligible to operate on radio frequencies authorized by
the Federal Communications Commission for the Public Safety Radio
Services. In addition, the CALCORD channel may be placed in certain
ambulances operating in the Special Emergency Radio Service. This must
be under the authority of a city or county participating in CALCORD, and
having an ordinance or code which provides for control over the
ambulance(s) in which the channel is installed.
CALCORD will be used in mobile and portable units at the scene of any
emergency incident requiring coordinate action by more than one agency.
These agencies must be eligible to operate in the Public Safety or
Special Emergency Radio Services. It is intended that this System be
used to facilitate communications when the Incident Command System is
used. Use of this System will be limited to emergency operations only,
with the exception of tests and drills.
Hopefully that clears things up a bit for people. Interagency only (not
intraagency), emergencies only, all public safety (police, fire, etc) and
ambulances generally under EMS contract (public or private).
A VERY good idea, and a very underused (at least in San Luis Obispo
Re: CALCORD and that unnamed 'S' county approximately north of Tehama
County. A number of years ago I was shocked when I heard them using it
quite obviously as a secondary channel with a full power base station.
It was being used to run 28's and as a tac channel, quite contrary to
OES's terms of operation, which are quite specific. I understand they
were ordered to desist operation. (I'm being polite here)
Unfortunately it has taken quite awhile for CALCORD to become adopted
and usage is still spotty. Since it is not possible to determine users
by license data, only by monitoring or by checking with the respective
agencies can it be determined if they have CALCORD capability. CHP
handhelds have CALCORD. A good time to listen is when there is a
heli-evac from the freeway.
Washington state has a similar channel called OSCCR (On-Scene Command
& Coordination Radio) on 156.135.
Responding to a similar inquiry about CLEMARS:
CLEMARS is the California Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Radio System and
is licensed to the state and administered by OES. Channels include
154.920, 154.935 (low-power), 155.475, 460.025 as well as low-band
and 800 MHz channels. Uses are classified and prioritized. Some
channels, like 154.920 and 460.025, may be used on a regular daily
basis as a secondary channel, but the channel must be relinquished
to mutual aid users. (There is no similar authorization for regular
daily use of the CALCORD frequency.)