Barrett HF Equipment Used Following Malaysia Flooding
Thursday, July 16, 2015 | Comments

In early 2015, Tactical Communications, the Barrett Communications authorized dealer in Malaysia, contacted the Ministry of Health (MOH) to offer HF radio communications equipment to re-establish reliable and secure communications to assist in the aid effort following severe flooding in Malaysia.

The east coast states of the Peninsula were the most severely affected, with more than 100,000 people evacuated. It was the worst flooding the region has seen in recent years, and many emergency services were not ready to cope with the situation. Damaged communications infrastructure made it difficult to coordinate aid and emergency supplies. At the height of the floods, radio communications through amateur radio operators assisting the government agencies in their relief aid was considered the most effective and reliable way of communicating.

The priority was to re-establish communications with a hospital in Temerloh, in the state of Pahang, which had been completely cut off from the public switched telephone network (PSTN). Tactical Communications provided Barrett HF radios, and installed a base station at the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) at the MOH headquarters in Putrajaya. Another radio and base station were delivered to the hospital. A staff member who is also an active amateur radio operator ran the hospital station.

“The situation at the Temerloh hospital was urgent,” said Zakaria Dahili, managing director of Tactical Communications. “There were patients at the hospital who required specialized treatment who could no longer receive their treatment at Temerloh. Once radio communications was established, helicopter air lifts were arranged to transport these patients to other hospitals.”

An additional five base stations were donated by Barrett Communications for installation at five more rural hospitals in other states in the region.

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