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AuxComm/ARES INFORMATION AND TRAINING

The Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES Team provides Auxiliary Communication Support under DHS – Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 to the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management Agency as well as surrounding jurisdictions. Additionally, this team provides public service communications support to entities such as the MS Society and the American Red Cross.

To become a member of the Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES Team you must be a licensed Technician amateur operator or above. There are no dues and while there are lots of training opportunities there are minimal training requirements. To become a member submit Form 98 to the AuxComm/ARES Emergency Coordinator (W1HRC Harlan) via email at the email address further below or in person at any FARC meeting.

The State of North Carolina has mandated that all personnel performing any functions within any Emergency Operations Center, forward Command Post, or any Incident where Incident Command System is used have ICS training. The training is available via the FEMA Learning Institute’s on-line training system at https://training.fema.gov/nims/. Training required is ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 and ICS-800.

It is recommended taking the courses in the following order: ICS-700, ICS-800, ICS-100 and ICS-200. You will be asked to register for the courses and a certificate of training will be issued upon successful completion. Team members are requested to forward an electronic copy of their certificate(s) to the AuxComm/ARES EC at the email address below. Completion of these courses will permit AuxComm/ARES team members to act as a Radio Operator at an EOC or other ICS Command location. Each course should take approximately 3 hours to complete on-line.

ADDITIONAL EOC RELATED TRAINING

WebEOC

This course is required for those personnel who will perform Communications Lead duties at the Forsyth County Emergency Operations Center, any forward Incident Command Post or any ICS operations where a Communications Team is deployed. Personnel must be available for deployment locally and possibly to immediate surrounding counties should the need arise. Typical EOC shifts during an emergency or disaster are 12 hours. If you cannot do this type of shift or deployment please do not seek this training as we have a limited number of total persons that can access the system.

Personnel must be approved by the AuxComm/ARES EC and Emergency Management. Those desiring to take the training should first contact the AuxComm/ARES EC who will advise Emergency Management that you are approved for the course. Once notified of approval to apply by the EC, you must register for the course on NCTERMS at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/. Course name is FOR-WEBEOC-01

NOTE: A laptop is required for this course.

CURRENT COURSE DATES:

Thursday, February 7, 2019: Introduction to WebEOC in Forsyth County (FOR-EOC-01).
Course location: Kernersville FD, Station 42, 1180 Hwy 66 South, Kernersville, NC

Tuesday, April 9, 2019: Introduction to WebEOC in Forsyth County (FOR-EOC-01).
Course location: Forsyth County Public Safety Center, EOC-Forsyth County, 301 N Church St., Winston Salem, NC

If you have any questions concerning this course please contact Harlan (W1HRC) via radio or email at ARES at W4NC dot com.

EOC NCS COURSE

This course is conducted annually or more often as needed by Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES. This course is designed to provide personnel the training and information they need to be qualified as a Communicator or Communications Team Leader within Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES. The course provides training on the ICS forms to be used, interfacing with EOC staff and local EOC procedures. This course is one of two that are required to be designated as a Communication Team Leader for EOC and Command Post operations.

Prerequisites: Prefered that students have completed ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700 and ICS-800 as the course is ICS based.

Course Date: Feb 16, 2019

Location: Red Cross Building, Coliseum Drive, Winston Salem (Club Room)

Time: 0800-1630 (8am to 4:30 pm)

FORSYTH COUNTY EMCOMM NCS COURSE

This course is conducted annually or more often as needed by Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES. The course is designed to provide personnel the training and information they need to qualify as a Communications Team Leader within Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES. The course provides training in applicable ICS forms and local EOC procedures. The next course is being planned for the late February, early March time frame.

ICS-300 INTERMEDIATE ICS FOR EXPANDING INCIDENTS

This course is recommended by the Winston Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management for those AuxComm/ARES personnel that will be acting in a Communications Team Lead position. The course is a three day long, all day class room course and is provided locally by Emergency Management several times annually. Personnel desiring to take this course must register for it via NCTERMS at https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/.

Course Prerequisites: Must have completed ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, and ICS-800.

FEMA IS-1160, DAMAGE ASSESSMENT OPERATIONS TRAINING

FEMA has introduced a new on-line course on the FEMA Emergency Management Institute for Damage Assessment. This course is recommended for all Forsyth County AuxComm/ARES Team Members as we may be tasked with such operations following a disaster. To be part of a Disaster Assessment Team (DAT), in addition to the basic 4 ICS courses, you must have completed formal Disaster Assessment training. This course is 8-hours long and fulfills the formal training requirement. Upon successful completion of the training you will be issued a Certificate of Qualification. To take this training you must registered with the FEMA Emergency Management Institute and have been issued a Student ID number. The course can be accessed at https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-1160.

SUGGESTED TRAINING COURSES

The following are suggested training that is available to all AuxComm/ARES personnel:

FEMA Learning Institute On-Line Courses

IS-802 ESF-2 Communications

IS-1160 Disaster Assessment

NC TERMS Courses

ICS-300: Intermediate Expanding Incidents (Recommended for Communications Team Leaders). This is a 3-day classroom course and is offered locally several times per year.

WebEOC: This course is a 4 hour course provided by WS/FC Emergency Management several times per year. (Required for Communications Team Leaders) Course is usually provided on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm.

AuxComm: This is a DHS sponsored course offered annually at the Charlotte Fire Academy. This is a 3-day certification course that is ICS based and provides students with the knowledge needed to manage Auxiliary Communications (Amateur Radio, CERT Communications, GMRS, etc.) during emergency and disaster operations. Once the date has been set, this page will be updated.

AuxComm/ARES DOCUMENTATION AND FORMS

Click on the AuxComm/ARES Documentation and Forms button to your left for documentation and forms or:
Click HERE for AuxComm Documentation and Forms Page

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR JOINING AuxComm/ARES OR REQUESTING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

For additional information on AuxComm/ARES, Training or how to join, contact Harlan at the info below:



NOTE: AuxComm/ARES members do not self-deploy.


SERVED PARTNERS

WINSTON SALEM/FORSYTH COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

AMERICAN RED CROSS

MS SOCIETY