SUSSEX COUNTY AUXCOMM

Amateur radio serving the people of Sussex County, Delaware

Amateur Radio As A Hobby, Amateur Radio As A Resource

What Is AuxComm?

 

AUXiliary COMMunications

1. AUXCOMM is the term used by Department of Homeland Security (DHS)  and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify adjunct  and volunteer communication resources that augment the full time paid  staff of an Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Volunteers, Hams and  non-Hams can perform any communication related task that their training  and experience has prepared them for.


2. Members of volunteer emergency and disaster communication groups such  as ARES, MARS, RACES, REACT, and SATERN, as well as non-affiliated  individuals, can use their skills and training to support local  government EMA’s in time of need. The local EMA authority directs the  utilization of the communication resources. They alone are in the best  position to identify and prioritize needs in their jurisdiction.


3. The Incident Command System (ICS) must utilized by both Government  and Non-Government (NGO) agencies that receive federal funding of any  type. Developed in the mega-disasters of California it is an organized,  defined and scalable operational framework that can be used to manage  any size incident, event or disaster.
 


 


4. The first principle of AUXCOMM is that “all badges come off” when an  individual, not normally a part of that agency, is working under the  authority of the local EMA. It doesn’t matter if you are a MARS, ARES,  RACES, or non-affiliated volunteer, under the principles of AUXCOMM you  are a Technical Specialist (THSP) for that agency. You are a part of  THAT EMA and must follow their instructions, guidelines, and directives.  There is no third party management. It cannot exist in the ICS  structure.  The key to utilizing the resource is to know what that resource can do  based on the training and experience of the individual.  This requires  prior registration of that individual with the emergency management  agency having jurisdiction.  Registration that identifies the  individual, their skills and training, is required by DHS and FEMA in  order for the agency to qualify for applicable federal funding. 


5. The Incident Command System (ICS) structure recognizes and places  AUXCOMM THSP’s as needed. Development of relationships between the EMA  personnel and the AUXCOMM volunteers is critical to efficient use of the  volunteer resource. The THSP’s should be part of the regular exercises,  and where possible day to day activities of the EMA.  




 



 6. In order to be considered for an AUXCOMM  assignment, you must be  registered with the emergency management agency  having jurisdiction.  Registration that identifies you and your skills  and training is  required by DHS and FEMA in order for the agency to  qualify for  applicable federal funding. The documented training must  include courses  in the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident  Management  System (NIMS) and the National Response Framework (NRF).


7.  The key to utilizing a resource is to know what that resource can  do.  Assignment of an individual must be within the scope of their skills   and training, with the agency liable for situations arising from   improper placement. The agency is responsible for the actions of the   volunteer and directed to provide for the safety and welfare of that   individual as though they were a regular employee. Documented training   and certification is absolutely necessary for emergency management to   consider placement of the volunteer, both to protect the volunteer and   the agency.

Registration

 

Any amateur radio operator possessing a valid Federal Communications  Commission (FCC) issued amateur radio license may register with the  Sussex County RACES program. Registration is the basic level of  participation in any RACES program. This allows a registered amateur  radio operator to participate in activations, exercises, and training  activities of the Sussex County RACES program. There are no other  requirements. Dual registration with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is recommended by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the parent organization of ARES.

Registration Application (PDF)

PROGRAM MEMBERSHIP

RACES Operator A designated RACES Operator as a member of the Sussex County  RACES Program must meet minimum standards of training, participation,  and acceptability to be issued a county produced ID card. An amateur  radio operator meeting county acceptability requirements may be granted RACES Operator  status for a probationary period of one year, allowing that individual  the time and opportunity to meet the minimum certification requirements.

RACES EOC Operator A designated RACES EOC Operator must meet specific standards  of training, experience, participation, and acceptability, and will be  issued an EOC ID card, granting that individual access to the Emergency  Operations Center.


Training Makes The Difference

 

Open Operating Nights (OON) are  returning to WS3EOC, the Sussex County EOC RACES Station, with a new  schedule.  Starting in March the OON will be the first and third Tuesday  evening of the month.  Other frequencies and modes on request.  Station direct dial phone is

 302 – 858 – 5310.

The primary purpose of the OON is operation familiarization and  evaluation of capabilities. Competence with the range of equipment,  modes, bands, etc., that are in use today, can only be maintained  through regular practice. Making sure anyone’s station equipment is  operational can only be determined through regular use. Evaluation of  your stations’s capabilities during a practice session can pay off when  an emergency occurs.


WS3EOC Open Operating Night Schedule

1800 Station Opens
Monitors 144.915 simp. and a local repeater.
1830 Delaware Traffic Net (DTN) 3905.0 Khz.
1900 Session Scheduled Activity
2000 End of Scheduled Activity
SARA Net

Announcements of the monitored repeater and the activity for the  session will be sent out in advance. Check ths website for details and  last minute information.  Need more information, see “contact us”.

Why AuxComm?

 

AUXCOMM (Auxiliary Communications) is the term used by Department of  Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency  (FEMA) to identify adjunct and volunteer communication resources that  augment the full time paid staff.  Individuals can perform any  communication related task that their training and experience has  prepared them for.  The Incident Command System (ICS) structure  recognizes and places AUXCOMM personnel as applicable.

Non-affiliated individuals, and members of volunteer emergency and  disaster communication groups such as ARES, MARS, RACES, REACT, and  SATERN, along with several faith-based groups, can use their skills and  training to support local government emergency management agencies in  time of need. The local Emergency Management agency or Civil  Preparedness authority directs the utilization of the communication  resources.  They alone are in the best position to identify and  prioritize needs in their jurisdiction.

The key to utilizing the resource is to know what that resource can  do based on the training and experience of the individual.  This  requires prior registration of that individual with the emergency  management agency having jurisdiction.  Registration that identifies the  individual, their skills and training, is required by DHS and FEMA in  order for the agency to qualify for applicable federal funding.



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SUSSEX COUNTY AUXCOMM

......Sussex County Emergency Operations Center..... .....21911 Rudder Ln, Georgetown, Delaware 19947.....

(302) 858-5310