The central focus of ARES/RACES training is to train Amateur Radio volunteers to provide accurate and reliable emergency communications, thereby enabling our served agencies to provide emergency response and speeding recovery efforts.

Each course you complete not only better enables you to do our emergency communications job, but also helps you understand how we fit in to the Incident Command System.

We strongly recommend
that members take a Level 1  Emergency Communications Course within six (6) months of joining ARES/RACES. To complete this requirement, you have two choices: 1) the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications (EC-001) course (fee required) (Details)  or 2) the KY ARES Online Training (free!).  When you are finished, send the completion certificate to Bill Smith, W7HMV.  Bill will update your ARES/RACES Training record.

Next, within six (6) months of joining ARES/RACES, we strongly recommend that members also complete the following free current FEMA independent study (IS) courses: Incident Command System IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System, IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents, IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction, and IS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction.  As you complete each course, send the completion certificate to Bill Smith, W7HMV.  Bill will update your ARES/RACES Training record.

All the ICS courses are available online for free here: IS-100.B, IS-200.B IS-700.A and IS-800.B

You may be also interested in the Community Emergency Response Team training course schedule.  It occasionally includes ICS on-site classroom training - check back often as the schedule changes often.

 

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