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Welcome to Spokane County ARES-RACES!

Thank you for submitting your applications to join Spokane County ARES-RACES. We’re excited you’ve joined us to make the Spokane area better able to deal with emergencies and disasters of all types.

So, now that you’ve submitted both applications, what happens next? To complete your membership, you’ll need to complete a few training requirements and pass the county’s background check. In the meantime, we encourage you to become active in attending meetings and trainings as well as participating in exercises and the weekly net.

Our monthly meeting is held the third Thursday of each month at 1900hrs local time at the Spokane City Fire Training Center: 1618 N Rebecca Street, just east of Spokane County Community College.

The weekly net is held on the ARES-RACES repeater, W7GBU, at 147.300 with a +600 khz offset and a 100 hz tone each Tuesday night at 2000hrs local time.

Live trainings and exercises are as announced on the net and at the meetings.

Training requirements include:

(For all the FEMA courses, click on the link, scroll down, and click on “Take this Course” “Interactive Web Based Course”)

FEMA IC-100.b Introduction to Incident Command System

This is an online training available at


FEMA IC-700.a National Incident Command System (NIMS)

Also an online training available at


Defensive Driving

This is a four hour course offered quarterly by Spokane County. After you have passed your background check, the county will assign you a volunteer number. With a number assigned, you’ll be notified of the next scheduled training.

The IC-100.b, IC-700.a, and the Defensive Driving training must be completed before you’ll be issued a county volunteer ID card.

Blood Borne Pathogens

This is an important training for our public event work. It’s available online at


SKYWARN training

We coordinate with the National Weather Service for weather related incidents. Training is available online at


Helicopter Safety Training

In responding to emergencies and disasters we may often be working around helicopters. This training is offered once or twice a year and must be completed in-person (online training is no longer acceptable).  Stay tuned to the website for upcoming dates and times.

If you wish to become part of the Hospital Team, HIPAA training is also required. It is available online at


Recommended training:

IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

This is online training available at


IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction

Also available online at


Adult First Aid/CPR/AED (Pediatric optional)

This training is done through the Red Cross and can be a combination of online and classroom or completely classroom. Schedules and fees are available at:



As you complete your training, e-mail a copy of your certificates to WA7AQH.  You may contact WA7AQH using the Contact Form for more instructions.

We highly recommend you keep copies of all your training certificates.

If you have any questions, please, feel free to contact Dave Carleton, AEC for training, K7DSR using the Contact Form.

Again, welcome to Spokane County ARES-RACES


Aaron Noack

Spokane County Emergency Coordinator and RACES Officer