In 2019, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) published new requirements for volunteers to maintain status in Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES). The new requirements encompass three levels of qualifications and training that must be maintained for deployoment eligibility. These new requirements can be found on the ARRL ARES web site here: http://www.arrl.org/ares
In addition, Spokane County Department of Emergency Management has implimented a new Auxiliary Communications System built around the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) AUXCOMM model. This new system draws on the Amateur community through ARES volunteers, in addition to other local resources as needed. These people, both Amateur and other, will receive training in the operation of other-than-ham systems, such as county Satellite systems, 900MHz radio systems and more.
A presentation was recently given to the local Spokane County ARES - RACES group outlining both the new requirements for ARRL ARES, and Spokane County ACS. That presentation can be found in the Downloads area under Presentations.
We will continue to manage both the local ARES group, and provide inputs to the ACS system. As we grow both organizations in the area, we are relying on the professionalism and demonstrated expertise of our members to provide the necessary volunteers in the event of an incident requirement people to help run communications systems in our area.
To learn more, come to one of monthly Training meetings, the third Thursday of each month at the Spokane County DEM building at 2111 East Gardner in Spokane.