Rice Lake, Wis., Proud of Radio

Rice Lake, Wis., Proud of Radio

Chief I. O. Reiten and Driver Leo Tinney out on a fire call receive a message over their two-way radio.

Radio Station KSC407, operating on a wave length of 39.42 megacycles, went on the air last December bringing joy to Chief I. O. Reiten and the officers and members of the Rice Lake, Wis., Fire Department.

Although sharing the radio frequency with the Police Department, the installation has already demonstrated its value to the fire fighters. The equipment for the two-way system at present includes a central transmitting station in the fire hall office, a mobile unit in one city fire truck and another in one police squad car. Still to be delivered is a larger unit to be installed on the rural fire truck.

The cost of this latter unit will be shared by the four townships, Oak Grove, Rice Lake, Doyle and Cedar Lake which own the fire truck jointly with the City of Rice Lake.

The system permits a communications tie-in with the sheriff’s offices of Barron, Washburn, Jackson and Polk Counties and city police in Eau Claire, Chetek and Menominie.

It is reported that the Rice Lake Station is the only one operating presently .on a 24-hour basis between Superior and Chippewa Falls. The cost of the system was $2,733.16, $500 of which was raised at a circus sponsored by the two services.

In 1951 the Rice Lake Vouunteer Fire Department answered 60 calls. The fire loss was only $1,996.55. The Department was called five times to neighboring communities.

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