One of the biggest reasons people get their ham license is to be able to support their communities by being able to help out during an emergency or planned community event. However, how do you go about gaining some experience before you actually need it? A lot of emergency communications follow National Incident Management System and Incident Command System protocols. Having knowledge of these are crucial when dealing with EMS, MEMA, FEMA, as well as your local police and fire departments. Sure, you can take some online courses offered by FEMA, but how can you practice what you have learned? How about community events? These often do not require any knowledge of NIMS and ICS, but again, how do you get some experience beforehand?
The Norwood Amateur Radio Club has partnered with the EMARG Event Support Group (formerly Commonwealth REACT) to provide you with the opportunities and experience you need. EMARG ESG is a group of amateur radio operators that provide communications support to a number of organizations such as Sun Multi Sports and MSTCA . They organize and run biathlons, triathlons, trail races and road races throughout the year. In addition, they support area towns in support of their community events, parades and road races.
If this is of interest to you, and you would like more information on how you can participate with this group, you can contact them by going to the contact page and selecting EMARG ESG.