At the recent DEC Leadership meeting, all of the DECs were together for the first time. This more than likely has never been done before in Minnesota ARES history, since our state is so big and schedules are what they are. Thanks to all the DECs, ADECs and ASECs who made the trip and took the time out of their day to make the day successful.
Front Row (L-R): Southeast DEC Bill Osler KØRGR, Metro DEC Ann Foster KØANN, Interim South Central DEC and ASEC-Operations Joe Reinemann KØJCR
Back Row (L-R): Northeast DEC Doug Nelson AAØAW, Southwest DEC Arl Weinrebe KDØBJW, Central DEC Kevin Dirks KAØWJC, Northwest DEC Mike Heiler KAØZLG, Minnesota SEC Dan Anderson KDØASX.
Joe Reinemann, KØJCR, has been promoted to the position of Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator-Operations. His previous position was South Central District Emergency Coordinator. Joe will continue with the duties and responsibilities of South Central District Emergency Coordinator until a suitable replacement can be found.
Mike Ostlund is now the ASEC-Planning. He will continue to do a fantastic job with spring flood planning as needed and as his time allows.
The promotion of Joe to the ASEC-Operations position is to ready him for his eventual promotion to the position of Section Emergency Coordinator. Currenty SEC Dan Anderson, KDØASX, will resign from the position effective June 30, 2016. Anderson has always viewed the position of ASEC-Operations as the “second in command” or right-hand person. Reinemann will act on Anderson's behalf as appropriate or when Anderson is unable.
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.