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Craig Tribal Association Helps Improve Emergency Services in Craig


November 23, 2016
Wednesday AM

(SitNews) Craig, Alaska - Efforts by the Craig Tribal Association (CTA) to upgrade the City of Craig Dispatch Center culminated this week with the issuance of a purchase order to acquire a Motorola MC 5500 radio dispatch console.

“The console will greatly increase the operational ability of the City of Craig dispatch center” Craig Police Chief Robert Ely said. “Once installed and operational, the console will allow the Craig Police Department to communicate across new radio platforms, and better serve first responders. Dispatchers will be able to control and monitor multiple radio channels, send pages, patch channels together, and continue to monitor telephone calls to the dispatch center.”

Funding for the $180,000 purchase comes from the Tribal Transportation Program Safety Fund. The Craig Tribal Association also secured funding for a local driver’s education course for students preparing to test for their learner’s permit and provisional license.

The console assembly includes a desktop computer, dispatch application software, console audio box, and operator accessories. Operations are controlled by mouse or touch screen monitor. The upgrade also includes new mobile and portable radios for emergency responders.

“Thanks are due to the CTA for taking the initiative to improve emergency services communications on Prince of Wales Island.” said Craig City Administrator Jon Bolling.

Craig is located on Prince of Wales Island in southern southeast Alaska. Craig is surrounded by the Tongass National Forest, the nation's largest national forest.




Reporting & Editing by Mary Kauffman, SitNews


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