Improve Colorado’s emergency communications

Chief Christopher Riley | Coloradoan

As summer comes to Colorado, this means warm air and blue skies. Yet it also means the potential for a surge in wildfires across the state, which we have already seen in recent months.

Having previously served as a wildland strike team leader over five engines and a division group supervisor, I know firsthand what is it like on the ground during a wildfire — visibility is reduced, and firefighters and rescue workers can easily become disoriented. In instances of high winds, the fire line is a fast moving target. Civilians and public safety can become trapped within a moment’s notice. It is during these times that public safety’s ability to communicate with each other and the public is vital to saving lives and property.

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