Climbing Towering Heights Keep Emergency Communications Flowing

Today, at the CHP substation in Stockton, very important work is taking place. Public Safety Communications and Cal OES crews are installing a communications dish 120 feet up a new tower.  It will allow for emergency communications between CHP headquarters and dispatchers and their officers who are in the field. This is very dangerous work. Technicians often go to extreme heights, more than 1000 feet sometimes.

“You can see literally see a hundred miles in every direction, it’s awesome,” said Kynan Matz, a telecommunications technician with PSC.

If it weren’t for these PSC techs building and maintaining these towers, public safety would be severely compromised.

“Basically makes their radio work, you know, and all their mobile devices and their offices,” Matz goes on to say. “It links everyone up.”

You’ll see more about their important work in the coming months, so be sure to keep an eye on our Cal OES blog, that’s oesnews.com, and of course, our social media feeds.

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

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