In early 2007, as Pleasanton and Livermore were exploring replacement and upgrade options, public service agencies in Alameda and Contra Costa counties also began exploring the feasibility of a two-county coordinated radio system. The end result of that effort was the formation of the EBRCSA, which Pleasanton joined in later that year.
Since then, the EBRCSA has been designing, installing and seeking funds to cover the cost of implementing the radio system. The mayors of the five Tri-Valley cities -- Pleasanton, Danville, Dublin, Livermore and San Ramon -- have pitched the need for federal funding to complete the project on their annual trips to Washington, D.C. As a result of those efforts, Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) announced in December 2007 that he had secured over $800,000 in federal funding for the EBRCSA, which, with regional and city help, has now paid to finish the system and get it on air.
Although Alameda and Contra Costa counties have so far been spared the emergencies that came with the destructive tornadoes in Dallas-Fort Worth and the Colorado fires this week, we know that earthquake-prone Northern California also needs to be prepared. When major events like those take place, emergency personnel from across the two-county jurisdictions should be able to communicate and coordinate their responses.
The completion of the East Bay Regional Communications System is critically important and long overdue for the public safety agencies in both counties and the hundreds of thousands of us who live here.
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