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
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:
- ICS-100.a Introduction to the Incident Command System
- ICS-200.a ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
- IS-700.a National Incident Management System, An Introduction
- IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction
FEMA Course recommended but not required:
In addition to FEMA courses, for your own knowledge, it would be important to look into:
- American Red Cross training
- Skywarn training
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 check-in to the Area 2 Network at least once every three months and attend 2 ORTs or events each year. Field day can count as an event.
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