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Dear all,

as a member of RescueNet, I am looking into the communications equipment of our rapid response relief team. So far, on deployments we mainly hired equipment, but every time we had trouble with it. Sometimes the desired equipment was not readily available. Other times, the equipment was incompatible with the programmers from FITTEST / ETC.

In line with our goal to become more and more professional, we realize that we need to buy the equipment ourselves. Of course, our radio's will need to be compatible with the ETC programmers.

In the S4.0 service description, it states that radio programming will be supported for 'specific brands and models'. But where can I find a list of these supported brands and models? This is critical for us to select the right equipment.

Also, the S1.0 service states that emergency channels should be pre-programmed by us, but only specifies very broad VHF and UHF bandwidths. Where can I find these frequencies, and are there preferred channels to use in specific geographical areas?

I am looking forward to a successful collaboration on the field!

Greetings from Holland,
Gert Jan Pieterse


Hi Gert,

Thanks for your post. In an emergency, the ETC is able to assist humanitarian organizations with programming analogue radios or “DMR” digital radios (the standard agreed recently by the ETC membership). If you would like the list of recommended equipment, it would be best if you contact the WFP Global Humanitarian Services team ( who can advise you on models supported in operations and even assist you with purchasing items.

Regarding frequencies, licences have to be obtained in each country individually. When activated in an emergency, the ETC usually acts as a focal point on behalf of the humanitarian community to liaise with telecommunications regulators. The ETC can advise you on processes and assist with obtaining licences. When your team reaches the country of operation, it is advisable that they contact the local ETC team (the contact details can always be found on this website).

Please do reach out to us if you have any further questions.

See you in the field!

Global ETC Cell

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