Amateur Radio Emergency Services is a two part institution. Amateurs regularly volunteer to assist the local community with communications whether emergency or not and perform a valuable service to the community. There is also the official organization managed by ARRL that is set up to interface with the emergency organizations whether government of private with localized organized units of ARES volunteers. To bring the local groups to a unified standard ARRL has provided a listing of courses for the Amateur community. These are free and mostly available on the web and provide a standard training for exchange of communications in any situation. Standardization and understanding of the format for information and document exchange is critical to perform the duties of an Amateur volunteer. This page will provide the information of how to stay current with the ARES certification and any changes in either the local or the country wide standards. We also recommend participation in the Sunday Night ARES Training Net hosted by Tallahassee Amateur Radio at 7:30 EST on repeater 147.030.
The proposed Training – This is not official but a suggest to be reviewed by ARRL. You cannot go wrong with starting FEMA training since those are well developed and recognized courses.
Start to train and complete in one year the courses below
- ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1/ Basic (EC-001)
- Skywarn Training
And the following Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) courses: ·
Completion of the above courses
- ICS-300 Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents: ICS-300 provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced knowledge and application of the ICS. This course expands upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses.
- ICS-400 Advanced ICS: This course provides training and resources for personnel who require advanced application of ICS. This course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300
This page will be updated as information is standardized.