The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) has a Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) program to involve and use individual citizens and public service groups to reduce California's wildland fires. We frequently receive inquiries from other states about this worthwhile and growing program. In the past few years California has experienced a tremendous increase in the number of wildland fires and fires will continue to cause resource loss and financial drain on the public.
This five-part series on operations is from an article by Bill Ozment, W6LSW, titled EMERGENCY AND DISASTER RADIO OPERATING PROCEDURES. This is a reissue of the six-part series that was first issued beginning 10/28/1991 as RACES Bulletins 193-199.
How does your unit activate? We would like to know how yours does it. Please write and share your procedure. In the meantime here's how it was described in 1995. The titles used then are different today, as are procedural changes in systems response.
Occasionally someone questions our emphasis on the need to downplay the use of the words "ham" and "amateur" in dealing with various officials.
This bulletin is intended to aid agency communications program coordinators in working with a volunteer program.
Why people volunteer is sometimes a real puzzle to the paid staff of agencies. It just doesn't make sense to them, just as setting high standards for their performance does not seem to make sense either - "after all, they're volunteers" is the sad lament too
While there are quite a few governments (particularly local) that have outstanding and historically successful "volunteer" programs, there are also other governments that
An essential tool for EMCOMM unit senior officers is a resource directory of all personnel and how to contact them.
More times than we'd like to recall we've observed inherent assumptions kill an EMCOMM idea, plan, project or program.
Thanks to Chuck Heron, KD7BWG, for the following, which is used with permission.
The Bulletins are addressed to the Emergency Management Agency (with sub-addresses to others) with the intent that the Radio Officer, ACS Coordinator or other unit participant will deliver them to the agency coordinator, and discuss their topics.
2000-01 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