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Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT)

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The Kirkland Emergency Communications Team (KECT) was established in 1995. 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 volunteer-supported communications during disasters or for local events such as parades. 

KECT is activated by the City Emergency Management staff when emergency communications support is required.

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 various locations within the City. KECT Members may also be called on to support non-emergency city activities such as parades and other events. 

KECT is a volunteer group 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 in the greater Kirkland area that have an FCC Amateur Radio License at the Technician level or higher. Members must be registered as City Volunteers, submit to a background check, and be registered as Washington State Emergency Workers. 

Interested in joining the KECT?
Contact the KECT leadership 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 members and then begin the process to become a City of Kirkland volunteer.

Fire Services
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries
T. 425.587.3650 | F. 425.587.3671