A new paging repeater for Shirley

Shirley hall gets signal boost

Fire hall in Shirley will have better telecommunications coverage

  • May. 29, 2013 6:00 p.m.

Radio communications got a boost in the Shirley area thanks to a new paging repeater and the collaboration of  the Shirley Fire Department, Capital Region Emergency Service Telecommunications (CREST), Western Forest Products, BC Hydro, CRD’s radio technologist Peter Breen, MLA John Horgan and Regional Director Mike Hicks.

The repeater was installed onto an existing BC Hydro tower, situated on Western Forest Products’ land  by the Capital Region’s emergency communications provider, CREST Inc.

“The new repeater extends coverage and will make a huge difference for fire and rescue personnel relying on pagers to call them out for emergency services,” says CREST general manager Gord Horth. “Given its remote location, solar panels will provide the power needed to operate the equipment”.  “We’re expecting a vast improvement,” said Shirley fire chief Marty Gilbertson. “The new service will be a great benefit to us, particularly for those firefighters in hard to reach areas. We used to have blind spots where members weren’t able to get page-out calls.”

This is a classic example of everyone working in one direction with a terrific outcome” said Hicks. “I want to thank everyone and especially C.R.E.S.T for recognizing the problem and investing in the solution.”

Just Posted

No apologies for telling the hard stories

Community news platforms must be more than a community calendar

Coroner’s inquest announced for Oak Bay teen’s overdose death

Elliot Eurchuk was 16 years old when he died of an opioid overdose at his Oak Bay home

Time to get tough on derelict boat owners

Hefty fines and penalties may make people think twice

The good, bad and the unknown of Apple’s new services

The announcements lacked some key details, such as pricing of the TV service

UPDATED: Three dead in Surrey crash: police

Single-vehicle crash occurred around 10:30 a.m., police remain on-scene

Eviction halted for B.C. woman deemed ‘too young’ for seniors’ home

Zoe Nagler, 46, had been given notice after living in the seniors complex in Comox for six years

Is it a homicide? B.C. woman dies in hospital, seven months after being shot

Stepfather think Chilliwack case should now be a homicide, but IHIT has not confirmed anything

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 26

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Military officer accused of sexual misconduct, drunkenness in B.C., Alberta

Warrant Officer Jarvis Kevin Malone is charged under the National Defence Act

Stranger climbs onto B.C. family’s second-floor balcony, lights fire in barbecue

Incident in Abbotsford terrifies family with two-year-old boy

Howard the giant gnome finds new home on Vancouver Island

Iconic attraction will move from Nanoose Bay to Galey Farms in Saanich

Harbour Air to convert to all-electric seaplanes

Seaplane company to modify fleet with a 750-horsepower electric motor

Most Read