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.
Level 1 participants are active, trained and involved, typically putting in from 2-20 hours a week in service. Level 2 is a person who is not screened and is NOT a regular participant, but signed on for a particular incident. They are normally not screened as their access to facilities is usually very limited. As temporary responders, level 2, if utilized at all, are listed on a incident roster, rather than the normal roster. To put it differently, the Level 1 is that which can be relied upon, while Level 2 is for a possible, or past use. Sometimes people start out on one level and find it appropriate to change to the other one as their time, experience and interests vary.