TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 19.14 DATE: April 7, 2019
SUBJECT: TRAINING IS A LOT OF IT
Why do we participate in runs, walks, and races? These types of events can produce incidents that may require medical attention, if they can get reported. As communicators we may be able to report those types of incidents, if there is someone to report them to. Most of the activities that we participate in have some kind if control operator.
Most of the time the control operator has some kind of emergency communications with an emergency reporting group such 911. The control operator needs to know as much information about the incident as possible to answer any questions they may be ask. If the person reporting the incident can communicate directly with the emergency reporting group, that is the best, but the control operator of the event needs to know what is going on, so they need to be kept informed.
Those in the field should learn when and how to report an incident to the event control operator and get instructions from them. By participating in these kinds of events gives us practice on reporting incidents, whether they are minor or major. This kind of practice lets us learn how to operate, in case we need to do it in a real or major emergency or disaster.
Any time you participate in any activity, try to do your best, and learn and correct any mistakes you might make. Training is a lot of what we are there for.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV