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Amateur Radio Emergency Services AuxComm - ARES


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 hold an FCC Technician amateur radio operator license or higher. There are no dues and while there are lots of training opportunities there are minimal training requirements. To become a member submit an FCAA Form 100 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 (ICS) is used have completed basic ICS training. This training is available via the FEMA Learning Institute’s on-line training system at 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 perform Radio Operator at duties an EOC or other ICS Command location. Each course is self-paced and should take approximately 3 hours to complete on-line.



This course is a 4 hour course provided by WS/FC Emergency Management several times per year and 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 are not deployable 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

The Course is usually provided on Thursday afternoons from 1-4pm.

Course name is FOR-WEBEOC-01

NOTE: A laptop is required for this course.


To Be Determined

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


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

When: To Be Determined, Tentatively late October or Early November


This course is conducted annually or more often as needed by Forsyth County AuxComm - ARES. The course is designed to provide personnel new to emergency communications with the training and information they need to be able to effectively perform as a Radio Operator during emergency, disaster and public service events.

When: To Be Determined, Tentatively Early November or late January


The ARRL Basic EmComm Course is available to be taught locally if there is sufficient interest. The course covers ARRL related ARES subjects conducted over two 8 hour classroom days. Personnel completing this course will be given credit for the EMCOMM 101 course. This course is also available on-line through the ARRL website. The on-line course is a self-paced course scheduled over a 9-week period.



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:

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


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:


To obtain critical weather information, the National Weather Service (NWS) established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with between 350,000 and 400,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service.

Course Dates: To Be Determined

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.