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In response to the Oct. 9 article, “Firefighters call for help to fix radios,” it occurred to me that we have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable communications and antenna engineers in the country working right here on the Navy base. It seems that there should be a way for the Navy and the county to come up with a plan to utilize these valuable, local resources to help our first responders.

These folks (in most cases except for police and security officers at the courthouse mentioned in the article) are volunteers out there coming to our aid when we call 911. They are husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters of those in our community. It is the responsibility of the county to make sure they have the equipment they need to stay safe, including reliable radios.

I understand that Harris Corp. is working the problem, but couldn’t it use a bit of help in isolating exactly what the “something else outside the system that’s affecting us” could be? Troubleshooting problems of this sort is what our Navy antenna and communications engineers do very, very well. Don’t be too proud to let them help before someone gets into a deadly situation.

As Richard Sullivan, a Bay District Volunteer Fire Department vice president, said, “If people can’t communicate, somebody’s going to get hurt, or end up dying because of this. Thirty or 40 seconds (in lost communications) makes a big difference.” I, for one, think we should be doing whatever it takes to resolve this problem, including bringing in the experts we are fortunate enough to have right inside the gates of the Navy base.



Janet Carter, California