training plan is
designed to familiarize members with the needs of our served
agencies and improve skills as radio communicators and working
as part of an emcomm team. In the post 9/11 era, training is even more
critical. Emergency managers are unwilling to use untrained
volunteers, and federal mandates for the National Incident Management
System require volunteers to complete NIMS training We offer our
members training in basic emergency
communications, the incident command structure, severe storm spotting,
training from the Red Cross, and other topics as necessary.
In the past our members have received training in such areas as ground
search and rescue, hazardous materials awareness, and earthquake
minimum, all CCARES members are required to attend the following
training offered by CCARES:
to Emergency Communications
This session covers: difference between ARES and RACES, importance of
attitude, training opportunities,
emergency communications guidelines and techniques.
Break Tags - this is a one-page summary of the "break tag" concept included in the Intro presentation
Incident Management System Training
local entities must complete training mandated for the National
Incident Management System (NIMS).
Successful implementation of NIMS depends on the participation and
integration of all organizations that may have a role in preparing for or responding
to an incident.
There is required training for all entry level responders and disaster workers, including volunteer personnel at all levels. This includes emergency communications volunteers in ARES and RACES.
All ARES members should complete the following two training courses. These are offered free of charge online through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's online Emergency
IS-100.a: Introduction to Incident Command System
IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An
The courses take from 2-3 hours each, and do not have to be completed in one sitting.
You will need to complete these courses in order to be allowed to work with Champaign County EMA as an ARES volunteer in an emergency or disaster.
It is strongly recommended that all ARES
members also complete the following courses:
IS-200.a: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-800.b: National Response Framework: An Introduction
There are a number of additional courses offered by the EMI that will be
of interest to anyone involved in emergency communications and
emergency response. You may take any others that interest you.
ARRL Emcomm Training
offers three emergency communications continuing education courses as
part their Certification
and Continuing Education Program (CCEP). These courses are:
Level 1/Basic: Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
Coming Soon: Advanced Emergency Communications (This is due for release in the last quarter of 2009 and will replace the previous Level 2 and Level 3 courses)
It is highly
recommended that all active ARES members complete at least the Basic Emcomm Level
There is a
fee to take these courses ($50 for ARRL members, $85 for
non-members). As of July 1, 2008, nine Champaign County ARES
members have completed one or more of the Emcomm courses.
Champaign County ARES graduates
- Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course
CCARES members completing any of ARRL or FEMA courses should send a
copy of their completion certificate to the EC for inclusion in their
training file. A copy will also be filed with Champaign County EMA.