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Local Opportunities Available
with the Implementation of AuxComm


The Incident Command System (ICS) job title for AuxComm calls for an "amateur radio operator with Public Service experience". page xx of document yy

This experience can be gained through ARES training, practice and drills, and applied to AuxComm positions defined in government Emergency Management organizations and Citizen Corps volunteer Partner and Affiliated Program positions in the Communications Unit (COMU) of their Logistics Section.

To properly implement AuxComm operations in the local area the enabler [ARES] must provide a slate of preparatory and maintainance services to the users [the government and volunteer organizations of local Emergency Services].

ARRL and ARES - the enablers

The local ARES Division must create a series of services to support local Emergency Service training and operational requirements.

Authority: The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has been tasked by the FCC to manage and train all aspects of amateur radio operation.

Approach:
  • ARRL has classes to train and familiarize licensed amateur radio operators in Public Service operations.

  • ARRL has created the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) as the organization to manage and train all aspects of amateur radio related to Public Service operation. This includes:

      - recruit and train amateur radio operators in Public Service operations,

      - providing nets, drills and exercises to keep Public Service operators proficient

      - preparing Public Service operators to serve in the government and volunteer sectors of Emergency Service.

      - holding monthly meetings to discuss issues of relevance, program achievements and additioal needs.

  • ARRL has MOUs and SAs with government and volunteer organizations which can form the basis for local Served Agency Agreement. page xx of document yy


train, run nets, practice PS operations.


Emergency Management and Citizen Corps Partner and Affiliated Programs

Government Emergency Management organizations and Citizen Corps volunteer Partner and Affiliated Programs.

Membership in ARES.

Avail yourself in ARES services.

CERT Programs







Participate in the development of the local Emergency Service Interface

Avail yourself of local training, practice, drills for your amateur radio operators

Participate in local meetings to better coordinate your operations before, during and after a disaster or emergency





Opportunies available to ARRL/ARES
  • First, and formost, is the is the ARES requirement and obligation to recruit and train licensed amateur radio operators in the ARRL - Public Service curriculum.

  • Next is the need for ARES to identify opportunities for the placement of Public Service trained amateur radio operators in "AuxComm" positions in government Emergency Management organizations and in the Citizen Corps volunteer Affiliated and Partner organizations.

  • To develop the functional, operational and communications interfaces for each Emergency Management and Citizen Corps volunteer organization to be supported.

  • The examination of Memoranda of Understanding and Service Agreements between ARRL/ARES and federal agencies, including FCC, FEMA and DHS, State and Citizen Corps Affiliated and Partner organizations and the extension of these MOAs and SAs into a series of local Served Agency Agreements based on the functional, operational and organizational interfaces defined above.

  • Fifth is the develpoment of new Served Agency Agreements and functional, operational and organizational interfaces for potential additional government and/or volunteer organizations.

  • Sixth is the development and operation of drill and training networks and backup networks for actual use in disasters and emergencies.

Opportunies available to CERTs
The development of a Served Agency Agreement for ARES to provide:
  • ICS and ARRL training for HAM licensing and Public Service certification.

  • network protocol training, Directed Net operational training.

  • primary and backup communication plans and networks, communications plan for PBC SOG

  • Plan and conduct disaster and network drills and SATs

  • Coordination and participation in county exercises such as "Formidable Footprint" and "HURREX14"

Opportunies available to government agencies
Many government organizations operating under the FEMA - Emergency Management programs [such as the Palm Beach County EOC, municipal and county Police and Fire Rescue EOCs] have their own radio networks and amateur radio operations.

Their amateur radio operations may benefit from a structured Public Service training program, coordinated drills and exercises and a cleary defined interoperability document which defines their services available to the comminity and how to interface and work with these organizations during and emergency or disaster.

Opportunies available to volunteer organizations
Many volunteer organizations partnered or affiliated with Citizen Corps [such as American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Skywarn] have their own radio networks and amateur radio operations.

Their amateur radio operations may benefit from a structured Public Service training program, coordinated drills and exercises and a cleary defined interoperability document which defines their services available to the comminity and how to interface and work with these organizations during and emergency or disaster.




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