King County Executive Dow Constantine, fourth from left, presents the Tukwila Emergency Communications Team with the Executive’s Award for Community Preparedness on Thursday. Heidi Sanders/Tukwila Reporter
by HEIDI SANDERS, Kent Reporter Reporter, Schools, Education, Sports
As the Tukwila Emergency Communications Team (TEC) nears its fifth anniversary, the volunteer group received recognition for its role in preparing the city for an emergency.
King County Executive Dow Constantine awarded the TEC Team the sixth annual Executive’s Award for Community Preparedness, given each fall to a volunteer organization that trains for and responds to emergencies.
“There are people doing good work all around this county,” Constantine said during the award presentation at the Tukwila Fire Department’s headquarters on Sept. 15. “When we began planning for this year’s award my staff brought me no small number of very worthy nominees, one of which will probably win next year. But this group rose above all of them. It is tremendously gratifying to be at the head of a county where people are not simply sitting and waiting for the government to come help, but they are pulling together as a community to help one another and join together with their local government to provide a safer place for all.”
The team consists of 20 volunteer emergency communications responders who work or live in Tukwila and provide the city with ham radio communication in an emergency….READ FULL ARTICLE