Lawrence Radford

Posted:July 10 2014

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When radios were stolen from their command post, Grandforks Search and Rescue, consisting in 24 volunteer members, were without radio communications. Without reliable communications, they would be unable to search their local area; requiring a nearby search team out of Castlegar, over an hour away, to be called. On average, people can walk 2 miles per hour. If a delay in response was to occur the search grid would increase significantly. Delays will also greatly reduce the search window should bad weather or darkness occur.

Hearing this, Kenwood sent Grandforks Search and Rescue 12 NEXEDGE digital radios to replace their stolen fleet. With the GPS functionality, Grandforks is able to easily locate their members on the ground at all times, and the Search Manager can efficiently coordinate the search effort.

“The GPS functionality has far exceeded our expectations and greatly enhanced our ability to search, for example, allowing us to find a dirt biker who was lost in a remote area. Responding to 22+ calls per year, and requirement for 24 hour / 7 day a week focused ground search activities – radio communications are critical.”

Hearing this, Kenwood sent Grandforks Search and Rescue 12 NEXEDGE digital radios to replace their stolen fleet. With the GPS functionality, Grandforks is able to easily locate their members on the ground at all times, and the Search Manager can efficiently coordinate the search effort.

“The GPS functionality has far exceeded our expectations and greatly enhanced our ability to search, for example, allowing us to find a dirt biker who was lost in a remote area. Responding to 22+ calls per year, and requirement for 24 hour / 7 day a week focused ground search activities – radio communications are critical.”