Kirkland Emergency Communications (ham radio) Team (KECT)


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


123 - Fifth Ave.Kirkland, WA 98033

Join the Kirkland Team!


The Kirkland Fire & Emergency Operations Management's KECT Team* serves as communication backup in the event of an emergency or major disaster. Additional Ham radio operators are needed to join this cadre of volunteers. *KECT = Kirkland Emergency Communications Team

KECT volunteers are required to have Ham radio experience and training. Volunteers meet monthly and participate in trainings and drills a couple of times each year. KECT volunteers must complete required City of Kirkland screening requirements and are asked to attend an initial monthly meeting, before joining the team.


Amateur Radio Class

August 15 - 26 (details below)

At Fire Station 26 & Maintenance Center

Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) and Kirkland Emergency Communication Team (KECT) need additional licensed radio operators to work with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on a volunteer basis. This is an opportunity for all the Technicians to upgrade their license. KECT is conducting a new Amateur Radio Class for the General Class license this August. A pre requisite for this class is that you must already have a current Technician Class license. There is no charge for the class but there is a cost for the General class study service located at (Approx $25.00) and a $15.00 expense for the exam. Please arrive 30 minutes early for the first class.

Class schedule is as follows:

--Tuesday, Aug 15 th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26 (9930 124 th Ave NE, Kirkland 98034)

--Thursday, Aug 17 th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26

--Saturday, Aug 19th, 12 to 4 P.M., Station 26

--Tuesday, Aug 22 nd, 7 pm to 9 pm, Station 26

--Thursday, Aug 24 th, 7 pm to 9 pm, Maintenance Center (915 8 th Street, Kirkland 98033)

--Saturday, Aug 26 th , 11:45 am, no time limit to finish, Station 26

Class size is limited to 20 persons so if interested, please register early. Please send your information to Ron Poole at or 425-406-8581.

The following information is necessary for enrollment: (1) your full name, (2) your email address, (3) your phone number, (4) a name for emergency contact and their phone number, (5) city of residence. This is a City of Kirkland program.


  • Disaster Response
  • Disaster Relief Call Center

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • Average 4-6 hours per month
  • Volunteer application, 2 References, Attend meeting

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