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  1. Hey everyone. At long last, I have finally finished and uploaded a set of mission dispatches in the downloads section. These audio files replace the narrator at the beginning of each mission and are intended to sound like an actual fire department dispatch for that particular mission. Check it out and let me know what you think.

  2. Most of us remember the iconic dispatches from the TV series Emergency! The station tone would sound with the buzzer going off in the identified fire station, followed by the dispatcher calling out the whole station or individual units, then a short description of the emergency, the location, and time of dispatch. But one type of emergency that the series never did was an earthquake, or at least I don't remember. I can imagine the scenario: a massive quake hits the LA area (God forbid of course!), and hundreds or even thousands of people need help right away. But with such a disaster, even fire stations and hospitals could be severely damaged or even destroyed, not to mention the possibility that the dispatch center may be unable to communicate. What are the dispatch procedures for that type of situation?


    Assuming the dispatch center is still functional, what would the first dispatch right after the earthquake sound like, considering that some stations on the department may have been knocked out of the communications net? I have tried to find examples of this on YouTube and other sites, but so far I can't find anything. I know that LA County and many other fire departments have a group call tone, but I have not been able to find an example of it actually being used.


    I have zero real world dispatch experience, so all I'm going on is speculation. I would be most grateful to anyone who has some kind of knowledge about this. Thanks in advance.

  3. I'm sorry, but I will keep posting about this until I get an answer. I have the LA Mod 2.1 on windows 8. I am trying to install W00ds map, but the game never recognizes the new map. I have pointed the installation into every map folder I can think of in both the mod and main game folders. I have verified whether the map is installed by using the map switcher that Hoppah included in the LA Mod. But no matter what I try, the freeplay map that loads is either the original freeplay map, or the LA Mod map made by Hoppah, never the W00ds map. What can I do to get this map properly installed and loaded into freeplay?

  4. Okay. I've not been able to dedicate much time at all to the project, unfortunately, but I'm going to try and do some more work now.

    So, I shall begin by responding to the recent(ish) replies regarding the Configurator.



    The Configurator has to be run as Administrator, billyyank, or be given some kind of authority over the files to allow it to edit them. Try running it as Administrator (right click and Run as Administrator), let me know if that works. The next version will launch as Administrator by default.



    Yes, running as Admin works fine. Thanks.

    Another question. How do I turn down the traffic frequency?

  5. Well, I don't have any modding experience. It might be a simple thing to make one of the existing helicopters in the game into a water drop by copying the air tanker and changing the costume, but it wouldn't look like a water drop helicopter. And I'm not much of an artist to draw one. Maybe EM 5 will have something like that.

  6. Thank you for your reply. I tried that, and there is still no change. Josh41 pm'ed me and told me to replace the dfreeplay.dds and dfreeplay.e4m files in the mod maps folder with the same files from W00ds. There was still no change. So I replaced every file of those names in every folder that has to do with maps in both the mod folder and the main game with the files from W00ds. Still no change.


    The W00ds installer says that it is compatible with version 2.0 of the LA mod, but I have version 2.1. Is that the problem? If it is, then I have no idea of how to get version 2.0. The W00ds installer inserts a new mod folder into the LA mod folder; this new folder contains another folder titled Los Angeles Mod v2.0. In that folder is another maps folder in which are the map files.


    The W00ds map installer provides an option to install the completely new 1.1 map (which is the one I have been trying to install) and the modified older 1.3 map. Just to see if there was a difference I ran the installer choosing the 1.3 map. As I expected, there was no change.


    Replacing every map file in the game with the new map files and seeing no difference at all suggests that I'm either doing something wrong, or there is no difference between the W00ds map and Hoppah's original LA freeplay map. I would like to think that I'm doing something wrong.


    Please help me. I am at my wit's end. I have no idea where to go from here. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

  7. I'm using mod LA 2.1 by Hoppah. But I figured it out this morning while searching through the forum posts. There's a control panel located right outside of each fire station. Clicking on that panel will bring up a menu of presets. The default preset is to empty each vehicle that returns to the fire station, which I think is a ridiculous preset, especially if you aren't aware of it. But at least I figured it out. And I also know now how to call in more personnel if needed.

  8. I reinstalled the la mod, then I moved the maps folder from the main game into the LA mod folder and installed the w00ds map into the la maps folder. Now the game won't start. I might have to reinstall the game now.


    I know I did something wrong, but I'm not sure what. Which map folder do I move to the LA main folder? Do I replace any files?

  9. I have tried everything I can think of to get the w00ds map installed into the game. The game still does not recognize the new map in free play. So, when you want to add a new map into free play, any new map, what folder does it go into?


    I have already installed the map into the LA 2.1 mods folder and the mods map folder. Nothing works. Additionally, the map installer always says that the LA mod cannot be found, which is ludicrous because it's right there. I have no idea what's going on. Does somebody have an answer?

  10. Whenever I'm in free play, every time I send an engine or an ambulance to a mission and then send them back to the station after completing the mission, the firefighters get out of the vehicle and run inside the fire station. The vehicle has no personnel anymore. I can send that vehicle to another mission, but without any firefighers it doesn't do much good. Why do they pile out the vehicle? How do I keep them in it? Or, how do I add more firefighters?

  11. Apparently I'm not the only one with this problem. Where do I install W00ds map? In the mod folder? In the orginal game maps folder? I have the LA mod 2.1. Please help. I've looked through the forums for hours and can't find an answer.

    Okay, I have installed w00ds map in the maps folder of the LA mod. Freeplay does not load that map at all. I only get the original LA mod map. I've tried the map switcher as well it doesn't do anything. What is going on?

  12. I am in the process of creating dispatch calls for the missions in EM4. With Hoppah's fantastic LA mod, the British accented narration at the beginning of every mission just feels out of place. So I've set out to create emergency dispatch calls to replace the narrations. I've already completed the first eight. I've started making them in much the same style as Emergency!


    I also want to make dispatch calls for Hoppah's extra missions in his LA mod 2.1. However, I can't figure out where to place the WAV files, or even what to name them. Does anyone have advice on where to place the files and what to name them so that the game will recognize them? Any help would be appreciated.


    I should have the dispatch calls ready for release within a few weeks. I've never uploaded content like this before, so if anyone could point me in the right direction for that, it would also be greatly appreciated. Thanks much.

  13. I just downloaded EM 2014 from Amazon. It looks good and runs just fine on Windows 8. Is it moddable? Is it possible to make a Los Angeles mod for this game? I have the LA mod 2.1 installed on my copy of 911 First Responders, but the game just barely runs on my Windows 8 laptop. The game throws a fit if I try to adjust the screen resolution. I can't zoom in very far and the scrolling speed is pretty slow, even at the highest setting. Still, I love Hoppah's LA mod. I sit even possible to put it on EM 2014?

  14. I feel totally stupid. I adjusted the on resolution on 911 First Respinders on Windows 8, and the screen changed to a tiny window in the middle of a black screen. My only option was to start the task manager and then right click on the desktop to change the resolution back. But now the game won't start. It must think it's still in the new resolution mode. I have tried a system restore but Mcafee won't let that happen and I can't figure out how to disable it. I have opening the .cfg file in the game folder, but my computer doesn't know how to open that. Running it as admin doesn't work either. What else can I try? The game is a download from Amazon.

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