Area 2 Training


The mission of Area 2 ACS/ARES is to maintain and train Amateur Radio volunteers capable of providing professional emergency communications, increasing our emergency response effectiveness, and speeding the recovery effort. Areas of knowledge that directly support this mission include:

  • Operational and technical knowledge in message handling
  • Packet operation
  • Proper emergency network voice operation procedures
FEMA Training

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has established training guidelines for personnel involved with disaster response – which includes ham radio volunteers. ACS members assigned to County or Government facilities are required to complete these four FEMA training courses:

FEMA Course recommended but not required:

IS-317  Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

In addition to FEMA courses, for your own knowledge, it would be important to look into:

  • American Red Cross training
  • Skywarn training
  • WebEOC
Area 2 Training Requirements

Operating with training/mentor personnel during network operations and ORTS along with reviewing available documentation can accomplish most of the required training. Formal training classes are available – look on the website calendar!

In order to keep proficient, we ask that you:

 (1) Check-in to the Area 2 net at least once a month

 (2) Attend one ORT, training class, or EOC staffing every six months

 (3) Assist in one event or Field Day per year

Additional Area 2 check-in nets and ORTs will be scheduled on Fridays and weekends for those who cannot be available on Tuesday nights – See Calendar.

ACS Area 2 Orientation and Training Program

ACS Area 2 Orientation Course
ACS Area 2 Voice Procedures Course
ACS Area 2 Traffic Handling Course
ACS Area 2 Digital Training Course
Proposed Training Requirements Program

rev. 12/20/2022