Friday, July 6, 2018

ARES Continues Toughening Up Training, Moving to Paperless Reporting

The ARRL's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is in the process of a major revamping to more closely align its structure, training and operation to be more compatible with the Incident Command System (ICS) and National Incident Management System (NIMS). Virtually all public safety agencies in the U.S. use ICS and NIMS in their operations.
Among the changes being implemented, according to the ARRL Letter, will be additional mandatory training, both from the ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency; as well as a new online volunteer management, communication and reporting system that is currently being tested in ARRL sections with large ARES organizations.