Emergency Communications

Public Service Building

N. 310 Main Street

Colfax, WA  99111

PH: 509.397.5606     Fax:509.397.5647


Bill Tensfeld, Director Contact Me!
Steve Krigbaum, Emergency Communications Manager  Contact Me!
Robin Cocking, Program Analyst Contact Me!




Whitman County Emergency Communications is a division in the Whitman County Emergency Management Department and is governed by a ten (10) member appointed board.  The governing board is called the Emergency Communications Advisory Committee (ECAC). Function R.C.W. 82.14.420. This committee’s purpose is to oversee and recommend to the Board of County Commissioner what is necessary to develop, maintain and upgrade the Whitman County emergency communication system that is used by every Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and other Public Safety Agency in Whitman County.


History  and Background

On March 6, 2006 the citizens of Whitman County approved a 1/10th of 1% sales and use tax for Emergency Communications.  The sales tax collected is to be used for the purpose of providing funds for costs associated with financing, design, acquisition, construction, equipping, operating, maintaining, remodeling, repairing, and improvement of emergency communications systems and facilities in Whitman County.  Funding was to fund compliance efforts for FCC 2013 narrow banding requirements and other FCC Licensing.

The board is comprised of representatives for the following agencies:
Pullman Police
Pullman Fire
Whitman County Sheriff
WSU Police
Whitman County Emergency Management
Whitman County Fire Chief Association
Whitman County EMS Council
Rural Police/Marshals



Emergency Communications Advisory Committee

Meeting Dates and Times:  

Meetings will be held regularly on the  1st Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in the Public Service Building in Colfax WA. 


Pullman Police Department Washington State Ares & Races
Whitman County Sheriff's Office FEMA-Function: Communications
Washington Emergency Management Agency Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington
National Weather Service Warnings & Advisories Washington State Emergency Alert System (EAS)


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