Danville will take a step forward in emergency preparedness with the launch of the East Bay Regional Communications System. Town officials will celebrate patching in to the East Bay Regional Communications System at a community event on April 30.
The interoperable communications system allows the town to communicate with 42 other public agencies during an emergency. The system, long a priority of the Danville Town Council and other East Bay government entities, provides greater unity in responding to crisis situations and allows for a higher degree of cooperation and collaboration during emergencies.
"In a crisis, every minute counts, and having the ability to coordinate with our neighboring agencies for assistance is a great benefit to the Town and region as a whole," said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo. "This communication system will help us provide a unified response during an emergency."
The radio tie-in will be located in the fire station on San Ramon Valley Boulevard and allow first responders to connect to a radio network of 36 different sites and six cells spread throughout 1,500 square miles in the East Bay. Danville officials will now be able to communicate with member agencies -- including 30 cities, six special districts three colleges, BART and Caltrans -- while the EBRCS is designed to offer participation to adjoining counties, as well as state and federal agencies.
"The agencies used a variety of different radio systems," said Nat Rojanasathira, assistant to the town manager. "Being able to bring everyone on same network, to use same equipment, allows us to be able to communicate with other agencies when they come to Danville to assist in a major disaster, or vice versa."
In the past, Danville wasn't able to communicate with cities in Alameda County and while the town could call for mutual aid, Danville Police wouldn't be able to contact other police personnel. The EBRCS has been a major regional effort 10 years in the making, Rojanasathira noted.
The town will officially tie into the communications system at an event being held from noon to 1 p.m. on at the Veterans Memorial Building (400 Hartz Ave., Danville). Residents are encouraged to attend, where they will get a chance to see Police Chief Steve Simpkins demonstrate the new system by calling Dublin Police Chief Tom McCarthy.
San Ramon is already patched in to the East Bay Regional Communications System. Danville was on the city's radio network for emergencies.