|The Comm Room||
Experienced volunteers of all kinds in government service are accustomed to call-outs where they are recalled while en-route, or told to return upon their arrival on scene. Inexperienced volunteers become upset when this happens. As managers we should stress to potential volunteers that this may happen more often than not. The point being that your volunteers must be conditioned to accept this fact. Yes,
Seldom do state level radio communications exercises approximate "real world" communications.
In a recent meeting with volunteers it was apparent that we in government take it for granted that new staff, paid or volunteer, will not necessarily know the meaning of frequently used initials and acronyms. This list is not all inclusive and some of these are used only in California:
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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