Activation Method & Back-up Alerting

• Computer Aided Dispatch
• Network
• Serial Data
• Radio Input
• High-Speed DTMF
• Two-Tone Sequential
• Trunking Radio Paging Alert
• Dialup Telephone Line
• Contact Closures
• Pagers

A Communications Perspective

At no time are reliable communications more important than in the fight to save a life or a structure. The quality of service provided by your communications division can be just as critical as a turnout in the heat of a fire or a S.C.B.A. in toxic smoke. Communications equipment is all too often a firefighter’s lifeline.

Westnet, Inc. is a company of individuals who appreciates the critical role that a communications division plays in firefighting and rescue operations. The communications personnel who provide technical expertise to the fire service can rest assured that the company who built the First-In Smart Station Alerting System originated in the communications field. As such, Westnet never forgets that the easier we make your jo of providing quality communications, the more time you have to devote to the mission-critical functions you provide for safety personnel.

Technology has presented the fire service with advancements in many areas including the use of Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD). The First-In Fire Station Alerting System is engineered to operate with existing and future CAD and radio systems.

Most Dispatch Centers do not require additional equipment in Dispatch to alert First-In.

Westnet Engineers and the Westnet Systems Group utilize the most advanced tools available to continually bring new technologies to the fire service. Westnet offers specialized dispatch products to those customers seeking expanded capabilities for activating First-In Fire Station Alerting Systems.

First-In does not use computer generated phonics.   Rather, the voice you hear is an actual fire dispatcher who custom records your desired pre-announcements, making them pleasant, clear and understandable.



NFPA 1221, 1710 & 1720

The MCU meets the requirements of NFPA 1221 for constant electrical circuit supervision. The MCU accomplishes this through the use of polling when using serial data, Ethernet data or radio frequency (RF) to alert the station.   The MCU checks its connection with Dispatch at a predetermined variable, such as every 10.5 seconds.   Polling provides instant notification of a network or alerting system anomaly.   This feature enables the crew, Dispatch, fire and communications personnel to begin proactive, rather than reactive, correction of any difficulties that may occur.   This, in turn, greatly reduces the chance of a missed call.

First-In also assists fire departments striving to meet NFPA 1710 and 1720 recommendations for response time objectives.   The pre-announcements and Smart Station Units help departments reduce response time and arrive quicker on scene.




First-In Smart Station RAAM™ is a software suite that enables the customer to remotely administer the alerting system for all stations.   RAAM provides immediate access via Ethernet LAN to each station from a central location, such as the department's communications facility or fire headquarters. This feature eliminates costly and time-consuming trips to the individual fire stations throughout the city or county for normal service calls.



All First-In Smart Station Systems include a First-In Cable Plant (CP), which is a pre-fabricated Ethernet LAN cabling system. The First-In Smart Station Units communicate with each other through the First-In Cable Plant. This allows for ease of installation, expandability, multiple configuration options and quick troubleshooting. Each low voltage cable system has been inspected and tested by Westnet. The First-In Cable Plant meets EIA/TIA 568-A Standards.