The Ridgefield Press, Connecticut, USA reports that members of Ridgefield’s volunteer disaster communications team — all specially trained, FCC-licensed, amateur radio operators — have been assisting in the development of a communications training video for use by fire, police and emergency medical first responders.
Oscar Fuller of Danbury is coordinating the project. He is a member of Ridgefield’s communication team, called R-COMM, and Connecticut Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).
Video production is funded through a federal/state grant managed by the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security’s Region 5 communications group. Region 5 includes all of Litchfield county and the northern Fairfield county communities — 43 towns in total.
The video will demonstrate the capabilities of amateur radio equipment and disaster-trained operators. Ridgefield’s Emergency Operations Center or EOC and many centers and hospitals throughout Region 5 are equipped with amateur radio equipment that provides backup communications when normal communication channels are out of service.
The Amateur Radio Emergency Service motto is: “When all else fails — Amateur Radio.”
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(Source : The Ridgefield Press, Connecticut, USA via Southgate Amatuer Radio News)