Zetron, Kenwood Technology Helps During Spanish Wildfire (8/1/12)
Wednesday, August 01, 2012 | Comments

Zetron was at the center of operations to fight a wildfire and evacuate residents from a remote area of Tarragona in northeastern Spain.

Following a drought and unusually high temperatures, the fire quickly took hold in the rural area south of the town of Rasquera. Fanned by high winds, it was only extinguished after three days of round-the-clock activity by 60 firefighting and civil defense teams supported by aircraft dropping water on the flames. In that time, the blaze scorched more than 3,000 hectares of scrubland and pine forest and forced 52 people from their homes.

It was the latest deployment for the state of Cataluña Mobile Civil Emergency Response Center, a specially equipped vehicle whose technology includes Zetron DCS-5020 digital consoles. During the emergency, operators used the Zetron system to coordinate the safe movement of people while continuing to direct the firefighters and aircraft as they tackled the fire.

The Cataluña emergency response vehicle is one of 12 across Spain equipped with the Zetron communications control systems, all under a multimillion-euro contract won by Kenwood Iberica. Each vehicle is on permanent standby, ready to play a crucial role should any of the country's regional governments have to respond to a civil emergency or disaster of any type.

"The solution configured by Kenwood in our emergency vehicle has proved itself a number of times, the latest incident being the Rasquera wildfire,” said Rosa Mata i Frances, chief of logistic and territorial services for Cataluña. “Multiple agencies were involved, but the Zetron control consoles enabled our operators to act as communications coordinators, ensuring that ground and air resources were not wasted, and that we achieved the swift and efficient removal of residents to a place of safety."

Kenwood's role as lead contractor in the Spanish civil emergency vehicles program was to provide the radio and control technology for each vehicle and to project manage the fit-outs. "Many of the regions specified very similar communications links, typically VHF private mobile radio, coupled with GSM and wireline telephony," said Ramon Anguera, commercial director, Kenwood Iberica. "Cataluña's vehicle is the most complex with five DCS-5020s, handling a mix of marine, satellite, TETRA and HF radio, as well as VHF analog and mobile and fixed telephony.”

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