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Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) / ARES

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The Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) was established in 1995 at the request of the Emergency Preparedness Division of the Fire Department. It is affiliated with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), which is part of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). KECT Members hold FCC amateur radio licenses. 

KECT provides the City of Kirkland with an independent, volunteer-supported communications system to supplement the Fire Department and other City communications systems, whether in an emergency or for local events such as parades. 

KECT is activated by City authorities in the event of local or area-wide events or incidents requiring additional communications capability. While communications within the City have priority, KECT also provides communications with other cities, counties, and the State of Washington Emergency Operations Center. 
KECT runs short tests of its network on most Sunday evenings, and in addition conducts regular exercises. KECT also participates in the King County ARES/RACES Network. KECT Members are assigned to the various Fire Stations within the City, as well as the Maintenance Center and City Hall, as initial activation points in an emergency. KECT Members may also be called on to support non-emergency city activities such as parades, races, and other events. 

KECT is a non-profit, all volunteer, community service organization that supports the City of Kirkland and may be further activated under provisions of the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 118-04 – Emergency Worker Program – concerning Communications Emergency Workers. 

Membership is open to individuals with an interest in providing vital emergency communications support and have an FCC Amateur Radio License at the Technician level or higher. Members must be registered as City Volunteers and submit to a general background check, and may be registered as Washington State Emergency Workers in an emergency. 

Interested in joining the KECT?
KECT meets at City Hall or one of the Fire Stations. Contact the KECT President directly for more information and the next meeting location by email at We ask you to first come to a meeting to get to meet the KECT President, know our team and then to begin the process to become a City of Kirkland volunteer by using the on-line application at Volunteer Application.

The current KECT Membership Process policy is found in the KECT Membership Categories & Process Document (PDF - 829kb), and will answer most membership questions. Please contact the KECT President at for further information.

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671