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KPTZ’s role is to pass on vital information in partnership with the Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center. In an emergency, our aim is to get the right KPTZ people to the right place at the right time, and to give accurate information via the 91.9FM airwaves.

Our primary goal is to provide vital and timely information for events which are considered emergencies by the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – that is, where lives or property are in real danger. We have a secondary goal to educate community members on how to prepare for an emergency.

KPTZ airs Local News 6 days a week, Mon-Sat at noon and repeated at 5pm Tues-Thurs. Although we do try to report on local events from start to finish, currently we do not have the staff to consistently respond to road closures, traffic accidents and other important but not catastrophic events. We are, however, looking at ways to incorporate timely information for most of the events broadcast on the Nixle system.

The KPTZ Emergency Team is made up of 12 station volunteers led by Barney Burke in partnership with Willie Bence, John Ebner, and other representatives of the JCEOC. We have been meeting regularly for 5 years and have run many tests of our systems.

We have documented most of the emergency systems. The entire team knows that they will look after the safety and well being of their own family first before attending to the needs of the station. In the case of a widespread emergency there will be a delay before we can get on the air with information.

We are officially a trusted partner with the JCEOC. A very rare privilege for community radio stations. As a result our staff will be permitted to embed in the JCEOC and broadcast directly from that facility if necessary.

Several team members have passed the 4 basic FEMA classes in order to be credentialed by the JCEOC and therefore allowed to be embedded. We provide all these services at extremely low cost.


(April 3, 2020) Unloading face shields at E. Jefferson Fire Rescue Station 11 in Chimacum: (from left) Luis Munoz of Steel Rule Concepts of Kent, WA and firefighters Trevor Bergen, Brady Palmer, David van-Tulder, Bella Lusk, and Assistant Chief Pete Brummel. (Photo: Barney Burke)

PPE Supplies Arrive in Jefferson County

Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manley holds one of the hundreds of face shields donated by Luis Munoz of Steel Rule Concepts in Kent, WA on April 3. (Photo: Barney Burke)

The national stockpile of personal protection equipment used by first responders may be running low, but there is no shortage of American generosity and ingenuity.

Luis Munoz, owner of Steel Rule Concepts, a custom steel die manufacturer, heard about the shortage of face shields used by firefighters, EMTs, and health care workers last weekend and decided to help out. Munoz started manufacturing them in response to the pandemic, and has been personally delivering them to first responders around Puget Sound.

By Wednesday, April 1, he had a design ready and was working with four other companies to make face shields. Two days later, he delivered hundreds of them to E. Jefferson Fire Rescue in Chimacum. He made additional donations to other agencies while traveling from his business, located in Kent, and plans to distribute more.

Asst. Chief Pete Brummel said the supplies will be shared by local fire districts and health care workers. The shields help protect people helping those who may have COVID-19. Like thousands of other communities across the nation, Jefferson County’s emergency response agencies have been working to restock as their inventories decline.

Backup Systems

We have built many backup systems. Both the transmitter and studio have generators. There is a microwave link between the centers that will allow communication even if the phone lines are down. There is a backup studio at the transmitter site in case the primary studio is inoperable.

We are implementing a hand held radio network for communication between team members. There is a KPTZ desk at the JCEOC with the capability of interrupting regular programming with emergency updates. We can remotely record information and place it into the studio system to give regular updates.

We are developing a network of individuals we can call on to provide “on the ground” information in the case of an emergency.