GLENBURNIE — If something really, really bad happens in Frontenac County, there is a small group of volunteers who will try to make sure that, at the very least, emergency services can talk to each other.
With about 22 members, the Frontenac Amateur Radio Group uses some high-tech gear to transmit with an almost century-old short wave radio method.
And, in the event of a disaster, the group would be called upon to help co-ordinate relief efforts.
“Communications is the No. 1 deficiency found in any exercise, even in the emergency services,” said Mark Podgers of Frontenac Paramedic Services and one of Frontenac County’s four emergency management co-ordinators.
“When you do a hot wash or an after-action report, it’s always communications that comes up as a gap.”
Every municipality in Ontario is legally required to have an emergency management co-ordinator. All of Frontenac County’s townships have their own, but the county would become involved if at least two of the townships are involved in a disaster.”
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