Alaska District Gets New Tower for Emergencies


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The town of Ketchikan, Alaska, has installed a 102-foot tall radio tower to support the Emergency Management Office. While replacing an older 30-foot-tall structure, the new apparatus is equipped with two aviation lights and a motor for rotating the 72-foot-long boom of a 2,100 pound directional antenna. “This upgrade will help the Alaska District remain operable during a crisis and to communicate with our headquarters and other responding agencies when normal means of contact have failed,” said David Spence, chief of the Emergency Management Office. (Site News) The Alaska District works with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) when responding to major disasters. This new tower will allow emergency officials to communication, especially if another tower is down in the area.

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