Amateur Radio Emergency Service
   Champaign County, IL

    "When all normal means of communication fail."

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The CCARES 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 awareness.

Training Requirements

As a minimum, all CCARES members are required to attend the following training offered by CCARES:

Introduction 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

National Incident Management System Training

State and 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 Management Institute.

FEMA IS-100.a: Introduction to Incident Command System
FEMA IS-700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

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:

FEMA IS-200.a
: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

FEMA 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

The ARRL offers three emergency communications continuing education courses as part their Certification and Continuing Education Program (CCEP). These courses are:

EC-001: 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 I course.

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.

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