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System Upgrade Improves Coverage, Clarity, Security

CREST (Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc.), the Capital Region’s dedicated emergency communications organization, successfully transitioned three of the region’s first responder communities to a new, best-in-class, radio net…

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New system aims to increase coverage, cut costs for Greater Victoria first responders

On the surface, it looks like a medium-sized suitcase. However, what’s inside the digital vehicular repeater system (DVRS) can save money and ultimately lives. Fire officials from across Greater Victoria gathered in Central Saanich Wednesday mornin…

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Lessons learned: Winter storms

As mother nature reminded us last year with the windstorm on December 20th we all need to be prepared for emergencies. …

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Behind the scenes

With quite a number of new board members, a tour was organized earlier in the year where board members could see some of the transmission sites up close and personal. …

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Digital Vehicular Repeater System (DVRS) can save money and ultimately lives

Fire officials from across Greater Victoria gathered in Central Saanich this fall to receive training on the DVRS…

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P25 Goes Live

All Police and Fire agencies in the Urban Core and the Saanich Peninsula, have moved successfully onto the new P25 system….

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Staff Profile

Taso Barous, communication technologist Taso has over twelve years’ experience in the radio frequency industry, including P25 and other similar trunked systems. …

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Canada Day – Crest’s busiest day of the year

“With P25 system operational in the core we had the ability to use this resource. We experienced no problems as well as importantly no busy signals on the P25 system.” Police Dispatch…

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Technology update

“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 t…

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UVIC FACULTY OF ENGINEERING – CREST PARTNER

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 …

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Emergency Preparedness Week May 6 – May 12

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…

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Innovation

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 instal…

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Upgrades To Salt Spring Island’s Emergency Communications System Proposed for Site in Ganges

Victoria – The Royal Canadian Salt Spring Legion Branch has given approval to move forward with the Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications Inc. (CREST) on a partnership project that would see an upgrade to existing public safety commun…

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Community Information Meeting

Wednesday May 2nd 6:00 – 8:00 pm Fire Hall – 333 Island Highway To improve emergency communications coverage in View Royal, a communications mono-pole is proposed to be installed at the Fire Hall in 2018. CREST will be holding a Community…

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Interior Firefighters Supported by CREST this summer:

CREST was asked to supply radios to these units since our radios use VHF multiband and able to work on the same fire frequencies as those used in the interior. Our technical staff were able to respond promptly, programmed the radios appropriately, an…

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What’s New?

New and updated interactive training videos are available will be available online in mid-November at www.crest.ca They cover such topics as: Channels + Talkgroups Your Radio battery Introduction to the CREST System APX Portable-Basic-Radio-Functions…

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Upgrade Update: Phase 1

Phase 1 (Core: Victoria, Saanich, Oak Bay, and Esquimalt) P25 700MHz All of the 12 planned 700MHz transition sites have been installed in the downtown core. Testing of the system with the new dual band radios has begun and will take place over the co…

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Why Are MultiBand Radios Important For Our Region?

VHF radios are the most effective radios for rural communities as VHF have greater coverage over longer distances with more natural terrain. 700 MHz radios are the North American standard for urban areas as the frequencies can penetrate buildings muc…

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New Radios

A significant part of the new HRO P25 system sees user agencies replacing their existing radios with new devices. A number of agencies have taken possession of new Motorola APX radios including: Military (Police and Fire), BC Ambulance, Victoria Fire…

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2017 – 2020 Strategic Plan

In 2017, CREST moved from a three year to a four year Strategic Plan. The plan focuses on the implementation and of system-wide infrastructure upgrades to improve public and emergency responder safety across the southern Vancouver Island Region. CRES…

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Read The 2016 Annual Report

In 2016, CREST embarked upon our $24.5 million technology renewal project. The “next generation” technology will replace the existing radio system and will strengthen public safety. Throughout the year, CREST staff worked with consultants and Mot…

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Getting the Message Out: Key information about CREST

CREST provides emergency radio communications to 50+ emergency CREST provides emergency communications for 50 emergency response agencies on southern Vancouver Island. This represents over 2,000 emergency service providers who rely upon our HRO radio…

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Highrock Park communications tower flies in

The installation of an emergency communications mono-pole in Highrock Park took place May 15th with the 27 meter pole being lifted in sections and placed with a helicopter. Highrock Park is an integral part of an extensive technology upgrade to impro…

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Highrock Park Mono-Pole Installation Completed

The installation of an emergency communications mono-pole in Highrock Park took place May 15th. The mono-pole was airlifted by helicopter in sections and placed on conjunction with a ground team….

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Highrock Park Mono-Pole Nears Completion

The installation of an emergency communications mono-pole in Highrock Park is nearing completion. It is an integral part of an extensive regional technology upgrade to improve emergency response communications across the region, and will address gaps…

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HIGHROCK PARK

To improve emergency communications coverage, a communications mono-pole will be installed at Highrock Park. …

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READ THE 2015 ANNUAL REPORT

In 2015, CREST began implementing the $24.5 million technology upgrade that will see public safety agencies throughout the region switch to a digital P25 platform….

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Crest Moving Forward With New Radio System Partnerships

INTEROPERATIBILY WILL STRENGTHEN PUBLIC AND RESPONDER SAFETY VICTORIA, BC, JANUARY 4, 2016 The board of directors of Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST) announced today that CREST has executed an agreement with Motorola Soluti…

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Read the 2014 Annual Report

CREST made a significant stride forward in 2014 as a result of shareholders supporting a $24.5 million investment in a five-year plan to upgrade CREST’s technology. …

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CREST Moving Ahead with New Technology

Victoria, BC – CREST board chair Gordie Logan reported at today’s annual general meeting “that CREST has made a significant stride forward on implementing its plan to upgrade CREST’s technology.”…

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New Directors Appointed to CREST Board

Victoria – A slate of new directors have been appointed to the board of CREST, many as a result of last fall’s municipal elections. New directors appointed within the past six months include……

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CREST Shareholders Approve $24.5M Investment

Victoria, BC – CREST shareholders supported making a $24.5 million investment in a five-year plan to upgrade CREST’s technology to open standard communications – also known as P25 – using 700 MHz spectrum….

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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 pe…

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