“It’s really a new and better tool for us to serve the public”
The installation of new transmission sites has completed in the core area (Victoria, Oak Bay, Esquimalt and Saanich) and testing on the new P25 system is underway with operational transition to the new system expected later this summer.
“We have been field testing the new (P25) system in Saanich and have been impressed with the audio quality and consistency of coverage across the board but particularly in areas where we may have experienced challenges in the past. It’s really a new and better tool for us to serve the public and enhance the safety of first responders. Our crews are looking forward to cutting over and going live later in the year .” Deputy Fire Chief Frank Macdonald (Saanich Fire Department)
CREST looks forward to the annual arrival of UVic engineering co-op students. Sajjad Rajput and Jim Mercer recently concluded their work term with CREST. Over the past decade, CREST has welcomed 25 co-op students.
“I can’t say enough good things about the caliber of students that UVic provides to us. Our work is somewhat of a niche area and we have consistently been impressed by the breadth of knowledge, creativity and applied learning skills that these engineering students bring to CREST. We are a small organization and we pride ourselves on the strength of our staff’s capabilities and high levels of professionalism. Currently, two of the seven people who work at CREST have come to us through the co-op program and they are integral to our public safety operation.”
Gord Horth, General Manager, CREST
We’re ready for an emergency. Are you?
CREST provides emergency radio communications exclusively to 50 emergency response and public service agencies in B.C.’s Capital Region. In the case of a natural disaster, the CREST system is designed to allow for redundancy ensuring that fire departments, police departments and ambulance services can speak to each other and back each other up. Please do your part. Put together an emergency preparedness kit and have a plan so that you and your loved ones are able to take care of yourselves and one another for at least 72 hours.
DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH
DO YOU HAVE ADEQUATE
DOES YOUR FAMILY HAVE A
DESIGNATED MEETING PLACE?
DO YOU HAVE A
DO YOU HAVE EXTRA
SUPPLIES FOR PETS?
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WEEK – MAY 6 – 12
For information on Emergency Preparedness in the Capital Region go to www.prepareyourself.ca
CREST staff create more affordable ‘all call box’ for BC Transit with 3D printer.
CREST staff have created an ‘all call box’ for BC Transit using a design modeled on CREST’s 3D printer. The new design is streamlined easier to install and costs about 10% of the price of the existing piece of essential equipment installed on each bus.