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Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) / ARES


Who We Are

The Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) / ARES was established in 1995 at the request of the Emergency Preparedness Division of the Fire & Building Department.

ARESThe purpose of the KECT is to provide the City of Kirkland with an independent, volunteer-supported communications system. This system supplements the Fire Department and other systems normally in place. It is activated by City authorities in the event of local or area-wide events requiring additional communications capability. While communications within the City have priority, contacts with other cities, counties, and the State of Washington will also be provided as relevant to the event.

The KECT is a non-profit, all volunteer, community service organization that exists under the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 118-04 guidelines of the Emergency Worker Program. Membership is open to individuals with an interest in providing vital emergency communications support to the community during a disaster or emergency situation, and have a Technician License or higher. Members must be registered as State Emergency Workers and submit to a general background check.

Interested in joining the KECT?

The KECT meets monthly at City Hall or one of the Fire Stations. Contact us directly for more information and the exact meeting location at We encourage you to first come to one of our meetings to get to know our team and then to submit a City of Kirkland Volunteer Application.
After that, you may download and complete the following forms:

Forms can be dropped off or mailed to:

    City of Kirkland
    Fire and Building Department, Office of Emergency Management (OEM)
    123 5th Ave
    Kirkland, WA 98033

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671