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Broadening lines of communication

Communication is an important part of any work environment and Central Kitsap Fire & Rescue recently expanded its lines of communication.

CKFR received nearly $55,000 in radio communications equipment through the Department of Homeland Security Region 2 Communications. The funding allowed the department to purchase 42 new narrowband portable radios with 128-channel capability.

“It will allow interoperability between different emergency responders,” said Theresa MacLennan, CKFR spokeswoman.

The 2006 Department of Homeland Security Region 2 allocation of $175,000 worth of radio equipment was divided between Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Bremerton Fire Department, CKFR and several agencies in Jefferson County. Clallam and Jefferson counties received similar funds in 2004 and 2005. The radio communications equipment ensures that all fire jurisdictions on the peninsula are able to communicate in the event of a natural or manmade disaster.

“In a disaster situation when other lines of communication are down it allows us to communicate with other responders not just within our own county, but within the peninsula,” MacLennan said.

The grant aims to enhance access to radio frequencies for mutual aid in the event of a county, state or regional mobilization, according to a news release. The radio communications funding will improve CKFR’s ability to communicate with other fire, law and public safety agencies.

The radios are currently being purchased and programmed. CKFR officials hope to have them in service throughout the fire district by August.

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