Communications System

In the Past

There was a time, in the not too distant past, when vessels transiting the Columbia River would pass through “dead spots” of radio coverage. Dead spots are areas along the river where radio communications are virtually impossible due to the geography of the surrounding landscape.  In 1991 the Maritime Fire & Safety Association (MFSA) recognized the potential for disastrous situations as the ships passed through these areas.


 MFSA is committed to ongoing investments to maintain an effective radio communications system.  We focus on providing interoperability with vessels, regulators, fire agencies and response organizations. Sites, all connected by microwave, were set up at Megler Mountain, Nicolai Mountain, Green Mountain, and on top of the 200 Market Building with the command and control consoles at the Merchants Exchange.


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Maritime Fire & Safety Association

200 SW Market St., Ste 190, Portland, OR 97201

Call (503) 228-4361 | Email