Experts test Bay Area's emergency radio links

Absent agreements, Oakland, San Francisco lose federal money. A week ago inside two subway stations on opposite sides of the Bay, San Francisco and Oakland police and fire agencies were able to talk on otherwise incompatible radios. State officials still are examining the drill, involving mock sarin gas attacks on trains at the West Oakland and Embarcadero stations. But it is considered a milestone nonetheless, a first test of temporary radio links that would join most Bay Area emergency commanders in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack. Bridge by bridge, airport by airport, state and local authorities plan to copy the system around the Bay Area, covering each strand of the transportation networks that are the region’s greatest vulnerability. Full Story

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