EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS TEAM

The Emergency Communications Team (ECT) provides amateur radio emergency communications to the North Shore Emergency Management Office (NSEMO). The Communications Team is part of the Emergency Social Services (ESS) organization in the three North Shore municipalities - District of North Vancouver, City of North Vancouver and the District of West Vancouver.

The Communications Team is composed of thirty volunteers who hold an amateur radio (“Ham”) “Basic Level” qualification, or higher, issued by Industry Canada. More volunteers, both licensed radio operators or others interested in the communications aspect of emergency preparedness are always welcome.

A fully-equipped radio room is located at the NSEMO Office in the Gerry Brewer Building (RCMP North Vancouver Detachment), 147 East 14th Street, North Vancouver (map). Team members are trained in operation of all modes of amateur radio communication, including HF, VHF, UHF and Packet Radio. Non-license holders receive training in support services to the Communications Team.

The Team provides communications support at several community events throughout the year. Recent activities include Vancouver Sun Run 10K race, New Westminster Hyak Festival Parade, Relay For Life Cancer Fund Raiser, "Celebrity Rodeo-Virtue Studio Ranch" and the ScotiaBank Half Marathon.

Members also respond with communications support when an ESS team is activated to assist residents affected by emergencies such as a fire, flooding, wind storm, toxic spill and earthquake.

A permanent VHF/UHF and packet radio station is now in place at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. A group of operators from the ECT has been trained on the setup and operation of the station, VE7LGH. This station is part of a network of amateur radio stations in hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

This page last updated: 2017-01-24