Re: Basic Ham Emcomm Presentation for Town Leadership
Hi, I encourage your effort to reach out directly to your city/county government. One of the things that I think ARES has forgotten is that we are a "public service" entity. IMHO ARES has aligned it's function too narrowly, in that we consider it to be an auxiliary arm of governmental agencies. ARES can serve any legitimate public service agency whether it be city, county, federal or non governmental organization providing that we don't interfere with ongoing public service communications and stay in our lane.
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From: email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> on behalf of Tim Reimers KA4LFP <treimers95@...>
Sent: Friday, July 28, 2017 7:16 AM
Subject: Re: [nbems] Basic Ham Emcomm Presentation for Town Leadership
That's kind of what and how I've seen some EM responders react.
In a crisis, the last thing they want is a new group of helpers showing up wanting to work the scene or be involved.
This is why it's critical to have a relationship with the county EM and have some pre-planned knowledge of where and how amateur radio fits in.
Otherwise that's exactly what we can be perceived as doing - Trying to horn in on a well oiled and trained machine that counts on fully understanding what resources they have, even to knowing personalities and foibles and knowing who to put where because of who can work together well and which two people not to put in the same room.
Suddenly adding a whole bunch of unknown quantities of amateur operators to that machine can make a personality-aware Fire/EMS/other incident commander go crazy, especially if the implied attitude from the ham is that "you need my help you just don't know it".
That's why connections from higher up that are organized and planned and roles understood are so key.
and it might quite possibly be that hams are not at the center of things and are comms for less key areas.
I have made it very clear to my employer (municipal IT) that my first duty lies with my day job of supporting IT infrastructure for fire and police, NOT going off to play radio. But, equally, that if i am not needed locally and have vacation days, I may go assist in a disaster elsewhere. I don't want my employer to go with that same line of "choose where you work, there or here".
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On Jul 27, 2017 9:57 PM, "WA8JXM" <wa8jxm@...> wrote:
On 7/27/17 3:26 PM, Steve Hansen wrote: