CREST Reports on Results and Plans for the Future

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CREST Reports on Results and Plans for the Future

Victoria, BC – CREST board chair Gordie Logan reported at today’s annual general meeting “that we have continued to enhance the system, grow the number of users and plan for the future.” General Manager Gord Horth reported to shareholders on performance improvements made in 2013. “New VHF frequencies were added, a new repeater installed and improvements made to a number of dispatch centres throughout the region,” said Horth. Fifty organizations providing safety services in the Capital Region use the CREST system for radio communications. The BC Conservation Officer Service, Songhees First Nation bylaw officers and City of Victoria Bylaws and Enforcement became users of the system in 2013. Logan told shareholders, “we adopted a new strategic plan with a vision for the future, developed a technology plan in consultation with users, and created a financial plan for shareholders.” The technology plan maps out a significant system upgrade over the next five years while the financial plan funds it within a manageable framework. Shareholders elected directors to the board for a one-year term. New to the board is Brian Anderson (BC Transit), Rob Reeleder (Southern Gulf Islands), Jeri Grant (Juan de Fuca), and Alastair Bryson (Central Saanich). Returning are: Grant Brilz (BC Ambulance), Dunstan Browne (North Saanich), Tim Chad (Sidney), Perry Clarke (Province of BC), Kelly Folk (RCMP), Nils Jensen (Oak Bay), Gordie Logan (Colwood), Bob McKie (Esquimalt), Heidi Rast (View Royal), Kerrie Reay (Sooke), Karel Roessingh (Highlands), Lillian Szpak (Langford), Larry Tremblay (Metchosin), Leif Wergeland (Saanich) and Geoff Young (Victoria). CREST emergency communications operates a wide-area radio system for 50 agencies. Over 2,500 safety service providers put over 7.5 million calls – one every four seconds — through the CREST system last year. They had immediate system access 99.7% of the time. No system in the world has 100% reliability.

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