Guard is hoping to reassure people that when its communications units moved
from Kodiak and Valdez to the Sector Anchorage
the unit's location was the only thing to change. KMXT's Diana Gish has more.
Senior Chief Jim Belcher of the
Coast Guard's Sector
Center is trying his best
to get a point across. Belcher wants everyone to know that when it comes to
monitoring Kodiak island and its waters,
nothing has changed except the location of the listeners. He says that the same
people are listening to the same equipment that covers the same area as before.
-- (CG Comm1 :21 "...from Anchorage now.")
people, the equipment and the process of monitoring for emergencies haven't
changed, why move the operation from Kodiak to Anchorage?
-- (CG Comm2 :36 "...do you want
me to do?")
says that bringing together the people who monitor emergency signals with the
people who manage search and rescue operations, saves precious time. But, he
says, there are places where the system is not enough.
-- (CG Comm3 :44 "...hearing from
geographic obstacles to communication that the Coast Guard faces in Alaska are being addressed
by a branch-wide program that's called "Rescue 21." That's the Coast Guard's
effort to update all of its technology around the country.
-- (CG Comm4 :32 "...speed the
meantime, Belcher wants to get across the point that the emergency marine
communication they counted on in Kodiak remains the same.
-- (CG Comm5 :02 "...and
we never left.")
I'm Diana Gish