In response to requests for examples of how units are used in government, here is how one was described in a recent article in the Victorville (CA) Daily Press (12/23/96) by Chip Patterson, Staff Writer. It is used by permission of the Daily Press, all rights reserved.
Continuation from EMC075
In today's government agency there are often new, interesting and complex COMMUNICATIONS facilities and systems. Some of these are as intriguing and beneficial as radio and far more challenging. This can include learning to use and keep operational such systems and equipment as copiers, computers (MAC, DOS, Unix), digital networks, FAX machines, and Public Service Radio systems -- just to name a few.
Query: What do you think of the view that emergency communications participants should do "communications" only?
Reply: Well, it's possible to understand that perspective if it means to operate the radio and pass traffic only on specific frequencies. It's a concept that Amateur Radio Service licensees and Civil Air Patrol personnel have been exposed to over the years in various ways.
1996-97 EMCOMM Bulletins
TO: Emergency Communications Units - Information Bulletin
TO: Emergency Management Agencies via Internet and Radio
FROM: Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services