RACES OPERATORS Classes and Requirements
Three Classes of Operator • REGISTERED OPERATOR • RACES OPERATOR • RACES EOC OPERATOR
REGISTERED OPERATOR • Registration is a basic requirement of RACES operation. • Registration information limited to data not covered by the privacy act. • May participate in all authorized RACES activities.
RACES OPERATOR • Understanding of NIMS and ICS, applied to communication activities. • Demonstrated ability to process formal messages in appropriate manner and operate in directed nets. • Demonstrated ability to operate radios and ancillary equipment in an appropriate manner.
RACES EOC OPERATOR • Understanding of NIMS and ICS, applied to communication activities, and resource allocation. • Demonstrated ability to process formal messages in appropriate manner and manage directed net activity. • Demonstrated ability to operate radios and ancillary equipment in an appropriate manner • Demonstrated ability to operate in a controlled environment.
General Requirements • Valid amateur radio license. • A commitment to public service communications. • Willingness to participate in drills, exercises, and activations. • Willingness to pursue certifications and advanced training
RACES, NIMS, and Resource Typing • “Resource Typing”, the classification of resource ability and function is critical to the functioning of the NIMS. • Operator classification by demonstrated skills and abilities is part of the “Resource Typing” process.
Applicable FEMA On-Line Courses • IS – 100 Introduction to the Incident Command System. • IS – 200 ICS for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents. • IS - 700 National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction. • IS – 800 National Response Frame Work, An Introduction.
DEMA Classroom Courses • DEMA sponsors an IS – 300 and IS – 400 combination, in a two day classroom format, keyed to the Delaware State Plan.
ARRL ARECC Courses • The set of three Amateur Radio Emergency Communicator Courses, ARECC I, II, and III; sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, are nationally recognized certifications and valuable as an overview to emergency communication, ICS, NIMS, and Directed Net operation.
RACES Membership • RACES is not a program for everybody. • The RACES program requires, training, commitment, and participation. • An individual’s record is reviewed on an annual basis. • A lot is asked of a RACES member, but in return the county provides a great deal of support and recognition.