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Training is critical to the mission of Delaware County ARES-RACES. Like other emergency personnel and first responders, experience gained through training and drilling results in positive outcomes for communications volunteers. ARES-RACES units are dedicated to training and devote much effort to learning necessary skills and protocols. As new technologies, techniques and protocols in communication emerge, ARES-RACES personnel must stay one step ahead to provide the high level of professionalism expected by the agencies they serve.

Training resources available on this page will be added and updated as necessary.


2014 Training Events

  Training Event    Date    Time    Location
   D-Star / D-Rats Training     TBA   TBA   DelCo EOC
   Ham-In-A-Day Class sponsored by PennDel ARC     March 1    0830   Maximillians in Boothwynn
   HF Field Operations / NVIS Antennas    TBA    TBA    Ridley Creek State Park


2013 Training Events

  Training Event    Date    Time    Location
   Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software     February 9    0900    Delaware Co. EOC  
   Ham-In-A-Day Class sponsored by PennDel ARC     February 23    0800    Maximillians in Boothwynn
   Ham-In-A-Day Class sponsored by PennDel ARC     August 18    TBA    Odessa, DE Fire Company
   Section Emergency Test (SET)     October 5    1045-1300    Various sites
   Comprehensive Training (see below)     November 9    1000-1600    Delaware Co. EOC
         ARES IT System Familiarization      
         Emergency Communication - VHF / UHF Field Operations      
         Traffic Handling Praxis      
   Ham-In-A-Day Class sponsored by PennDel ARC     November 23    TBA    Maximillians in Boothwynn
   HF Field Operations / NVIS Antennas    TBA    TBA    Ridley Creek State Park


2012 Training Events

  Training Event    Date    Time    Location
   Traffic Handling, Winlink, D-Star,  Portable Power, Antennas for EmComm    March 31    1000    Delaware Co. EOC  
   Ham-In-A-Day License Class  (Technician)    August 18    0800    Delaware Co. EOC
   AUXCOM Course at DelCo EOC

AUXCOM Course will be held on November 17, 2012 & November 18, 2012 at the Delaware County Emergency Services Center, 360 N. Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063. This workshop is designed for newly assigned auxiliary emergency communicators (AuxComm) or groups who provide backup radio communications support for public safety agencies. Typically this would be amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT) communicators. It is designed for auxiliary emergency communicators who work with public safety and emergency response professionals and their agencies. The course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, emergency operation center etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, FCC rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, certification and accreditation and emergency communications deployment. It is intended to supplement and standardize an operatorís basic knowledge of emergency amateur radio communications in a public safety context.

To Register: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AUXCOM_Nov_Delco


 November  17,18  0800-1630  Delaware County EOC


Basic Training Requirements for ARES-RACES Personnel

All Delaware County ARES-RACES personnel are required to successfully complete a minimum of (5) training courses administered by both the ARRL and FEMA. Additionally, personnel are required to participate in nets, drills, exercises and other training programs deemed necessary by the Emergency Coordinator and Training Officer. The (5) ARRL and FEMA training courses are available online and can be completed at the student's convenience. The ARRL course has a fee, but all of the FEMA courses are free. Click on the links to register for courses or view specific information.

   Course No.    Title of Course    URL - Online Source
   EC-001    ARRL - Level I Basic Intro Amateur Radio Emergency Communications http://www.arrl.org/online-course-catalog
   IS-100    FEMA - Intro to Incident Command System http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS100b.asp
   IS-200    FEMA - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS200b.asp
   IS-700    FEMA - National Incident Management System - Intro http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS700a.asp
   IS-800    FEMA - National Response Framework - Intro http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/IS800b.asp


Other Recommended Training Courses

   Course No.    Title of Course    URL - Online Source
   IS-802    FEMA - Emergency Support Functions - Communications http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is802.asp
     NOAA - SKYWARN - Basic Spotter http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/skywarn/training.html#sched
     NOAA - SKYWARN - Advanced Spotter http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/phi/skywarn/training.html#sched


Recommended Publications

ARRL: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course: Level I

ARRL: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course: Level II

ARRL: ARES Field Resources Manual (available in pdf format under Operating Tools on Reference Document page)

ARRL: Emergency Communication Handbook  http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=9388

ARRL: Emergency Power for Radio Communications  http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=9531