ARES Training (Resources)
The purpose of this section is to give you some ideas of where you can
get training or information on Emergency Communications (EmComm). As
you know, the better trained and
informed we are, the better we are able to serve our agencies
during the time of
disasters. With your help I hope we can achieve this goal.
The first source is the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications Course
The course can taken over the Internet
or in a classroom environment.
The Internet classes are opened every month for registration. Check the
ARRL website http://www.arrl.org/online-course-catalog for
further info. Note that completion of IC-100 and IC-700 FEMA courses
is a prerequisite for taking this exam.
You will be assigned a mentor to guide you through. You have up to 8 weeks
to complete the course. Most people finish much sooner.
Once you get all lessons done and activities finished you can take the
final test. If you pass
then a certificate and ID card will be issued indicating you finished
that level. You are then
eligible to go to the next one. There
is a cost involved, $50 for ARRL members and $85 for non-members. Summit County
can reimburse you for a maximum of $50 of the cost of this course through a
The course may also available through classroom training from time to time.
instructors will teach the course. The test will be administered by certified
conjunction with the class. The classroom portion takes at least 16 hours to
complete. Costs are the
There is also some miscellaneous info about
ARES on the ARRL website.
Click on the Public service box on the top and then click on Amateur
There are numerous sites on the internet that have good info on EmComm.
Do a search for ARES, Amateur Radio Emergency Service, EmComm, etc.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers home study
courses that you can take. They are free and you have a year to
complete them. There are no
communications courses available, but 2 of these are prerequisites for the
ARRL EmComm course, as noted above. See the NIMS/ICS Training page on this
website for more details
The Red Cross is another good agency for training. I urge that all of
you take the First Aid/CPR course and Intro to Disaster Services.
The Intro class is a good overview as to what the Red Cross does in a
disaster. It is about 3 hours long as a classroom course.
There are other classes such as Damage Assessment, Mass Care and
Shelter Operations that go into more detail on the different functions
of the Red Cross. These classes are ideal for you since you will learn
how the Red Cross
operates. The classes may run from as
little as 4 hours to as long as 8 hours. Some of the classes have a
workshop or practical
exercise to practice what you learned. Note that the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) between Summit County ARES and the Red Cross states
that ARES members are required to take Red Cross Disaster Training,
including Mass Care, Shelter Operations and Disaster Assessment.
These classes can be organized as an ARES specific class or you can take
any of these classes on your own when they are offered. Note that ARES members
do not have to pay for Red Cross Disaster training. Contact the Emergency
Coordinator if you are taking ARC classes independently and he can assure you
are not charged.
First Aid/CPR can be done the same way. It will take approx. 8 hours to
Summit County EMA
We are affiliated with the Summit County EMA which offers training that
relates directly to the Summit County Disaster Plan. There may be
additional training classes
(such as FEMA courses, Skywarn, first-responder courses, etc.) offered by Summit
If you have taken any of the above-mentioned classes please advise the EC so
records can be updated.