Radio Volunteers Train for Emergencies (Photo)
MEDFORD, Ore. - A simulation exercise planned for this weekend will give specially trained volunteers the opportunity to prepare for an emergency in the community. Local amateur radio operators will hold a training event in Medford on Saturday.
On the morning of August 3, 2019, Jackson County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (JC-ARES) volunteers will be seen training in Bear Creek Park in Medford. Their field exercise will simulate maintaining communications to road check points and shelters during a wildfire event. In an actual event, such as a wildfire, JC-ARES would be able to support communications for local and state emergency management, ARES, search and rescue (SAR), and incident command.
Field exercises such as this provide an opportunity to test skills under conditions of emergency power, while using portable equipment. Recent fires in the area emphasize the need for preparedness and training in the field that simulates an actual communications disruption.
JC-ARES is a subgroup of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office SAR. The group consists of volunteer amateur radio operators dedicated to emergency communications in times of disaster or when normal modes of communications are disrupted. For more information about JC-ARES, visit www.jcares.net .