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During an incident there are times that it is necessary for a jurisdiction to request additional help from "outside". In California this involves mutual aid whereby local authorities turn to an "outside resource" (outside of their jurisdiction) to augment their own forces (or where none exists) to accomplish their mission. Either way (i.e., augment or provide) the so-called "outside" mutual aid people are ALWAYS under control of the REQUESTING government. The structure by which that functions is part of the Incident Command System.
Question: How are participants in a communications reserve program, such as RACES, classified; and if so, why?
Response: In its communications reserve program plan, such as the RACES plan, a jurisdiction identifies the program participants based on their level of activity and screening required.
CA State OES began the Bulletins in the early 1950's to assist agencies and radio operators to become more familiar with RACES. They were issued periodically until 1985, at which time they began to be issued weekly over voice and digital radio systems of Amateur Radio and in print. Originally intended for California, increased demand, and a 1988 request by the ARRL for national distribution, led to their eventual worldwide distribution.
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