Spokane Valley firefighters create communication network to aid in flood relief

Spokane Valley firefighters create communication network to aid in flood relief

Spokane Valley firefighters traded in their fire truck for a specially designed communications trailer this week to help with flood relief in Okanogan County.

John Nelson, with the Spokane Valley Fire Department, said the crew he’s with sets up radio networks to make it safer and easier for responders to stay in touch and keep up with flood relief. The trailer also has the capability to do huge printing projects and mapping tasks, both integral components of a flood response.

The communications unit Nelson is helping man usually gets sent out during fire season. He said this is the first time they’ve used it in a flood response.

“Locally, resources get tapped, even for leadership, really quick. So, they can call and request us to assist, give them the chance to break,” Nelson said. “You meet people here that are going through absolutely horrible times and you do your best to mitigate that, assist with that, and it’s amazing, the appreciation they show.”

This Spokane Valley team got to Omak last Sunday. Nelson said they expect to leave early next week, depending on conditions.