MN ARES appoints Rod Byam to MN ARES Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator of Training
I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Rod Byam, N0QGM, as Minnesota ARES Section Emergency Coordinator - Training. In this position, Rod will be supporting the entire Section in development and implementation of MN ARES training to support Emergency Communication and Public Service, including FLDIGI, Winlink, handling voice traffic, and other areas of interest to ARES operations.
If you don't know Rod yet, he was originally licensed as KC0YLA in 2006 and grew interest in emergency communications working as an Police Officer, Fireman and EMT. In 2008 He obtained General and Extra Class and operated a MARS Navy-Marine station until that service was disbanded.
Rod previously was a ARES Assistant EC Coordinator in Cottonwood county, led the Worthington Area Ham Radio Club until 2013, and has been active in the Northern Plains Radio Council since its inception, providing Technical support for Clubs in Northwest Iowa, South Dakota and Southern Minnesota.
Rod and I have a basic road map in place for his position based on my vision for where I want to see MN ARES over the next couple of years, but if you are aware of un-met training needs, or have some priority projects that would benefit from Section support, please reach out to Rod and let him know so he can factor that in as he prioritizes his to-do list. Rod's email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
On a sadder note, Mike Ostlund, N0ANP has resigned his ASEC-Operations position. Mike is a long-time member of the MN ARES leadership team, and served with our previous SEC (Dan Anderson) and then me, in both Planning and Operations roles. Mike is an excellent radio man and a great guy. He has contributed a lot to the Section, and we will miss his involvement going forward. That said, Mike is still heavily involved with AERO emergency communications training and a key part of the communications team with Hennepin County Emergency Management, so I think the odds are good that we will get to work with him again in the future in some capacity. We very much appreciate all that Mike has done for MN ARES, wish him well in his future work, and look forward to working with him in the future.
I will be looking to replace Mike's position in Operations and Planning in the coming months - I have a couple of projects in particular that I would like to get after in the Planning area, so if you are aware of any good candidates, please pass their contact information my way. That's much appreciated.
Minnesota Governers Office declares Proclamation for ARRL Field Day.
MN ARES congratulates Michael Ostlund, MN ARES Assistant SEC on
completing COMT Certification.
ARES Northeast District Skywarn Training
The 2017 Skywarn group meeting was a huge success. We had great participation from our ARES groups as well as from the NWS counties in Wisconsin. A brief Northeast District EC meeting was held and we are looking forward to a successful 2017.
What is Emergency Communications?
During any hazard emergency response operation, communications among multiple jurisdictions and disciplines—including emergency medical, fire, and law enforcement services, is essential. Unfortunately, the absence of on-scene communications coordination has often compromised critical operations. To close this capability gap, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) developed the All Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML). The All-Hazards Type III COML serve as radio communication unit leaders during emergency operations. The COML responsibilities include developing communication plans to effectively use incident communications equipment and facilities, managing distribution of communications equipment to incident personnel, and coordinating the installation and testing of communications equipment.
An example is the 35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis, MN. There were so many responding agencies from Fire, EMS and law enforcement all with their own radios and frequencies. This would be an example of where COML’s would be needed in handling the communication plans and equipment used by multiple agencies responding to the emergency.
Working with the COML’s are many types of people such as Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM), these are FCC licensed Amateur Radio volunteers that provide amateur radio support for the COML to use during the emergency operations. Public safety communications can provide most of the communications but there are times when even expensive public safety communications cannot do the job. This is where Amateur Radio AUXCOMM teams can provide different types of communications capability to help with the emergency operations. AUXCOMM personal are well trained in the Incident Command System (ICS), which provides the format and protocols for all emergency personal to use during the disaster.
The COML can call to service the AUXCOMM teams if needed during a disaster to assist in the communications. AUXCOMM teams often bring their own equipment which is what makes these teams so valuable during a disaster. AUXCOMM teams are well trained, very motivated to help and very knowledgeable in radio communications.
MN ARES congratulates Kevin Haney, Murray Co. EC, on completing COML Certification.
Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Reinemann, K0JCR presents Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator - Liaison Ryc Lyden, KD0ZWM with his certificate and badge at meeting of the Southeast Metro Radio Club.
Southwest District Emergency Coordinator Arl Weinrebe (KD0BJW) presents Rock County Emergency Coordinator Bill Martin (KA1TIU) with his certificate and badge. Welcome, Bill!
Setting up the ARES portable antenna and repeater to provide communications throughout the course.
Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, (left) accepted the duties of Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator from Dan Anderson, KD0ASX June 30 in Jordan, MN. Anderson will stay on in an advisory role to the new SEC, will help with transition process with the website, and will take on special projects.
Incoming Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, received the Minnesota Region's Red Cross Distinguished Volunteer Leadership Awared at a ceremony in Minneapolis June 28. Joe will be taking over the duties from outgoing SEC Dan Anderson, KD0ASX, July 1.
From the Red Cross:
This edition includes various Incident Command System (ICS) forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement.
ARES consists of Amateur Radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership.