This is the most important position in the organization. That person should have the supervisory, management and leadership qualities needed to head an organization of volunteers who will have to perform under stress when the need arises. This person
The title may be RACES Radio Officer, or otherwise, depending on the unit. If the unit is in support to a government, then before the lead (or senior) officer is titled as "radio officer" please verify that the jurisdiction (and adjoining ones) do not have a paid staffer with that title. If so, to have a volunteer with the same title can cause confusion.
Specific responsibilities include these:
- Act as liaison to the Governing Agency within the area of jurisdiction.
- Insure that Governing Agency understands the Organizational program.
- Integrate and maintain a close and harmonious relationship with other RACES, ARES, VIP, MARS, CAP or ACS organizations that operate within the area of jurisdiction.
- Insure that Organizational personnel are used as frequently as possible in special events for training purposes, exercises and real emergencies.
- Encourage all amateur radio groups within the jurisdiction to participate in or establish emergency communication organizations.
- Recommend changes or updates of the Agencies Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Plan to the Governing Agency.
- Coordinate the training, organization and emergency participation of personnel and equipment (resources) within the area of jurisdiction.
- Provide direction in the routing and handling of, first, tactical, logistical and incident information, or second health and welfare communications traffic.
- Coordinate the reporting and documentation of organizational resources and its activities within the area of jurisdiction.
- Act as a model emergency communicator as evidenced by dedication to purpose, reliability and understanding of emergency communications.
- Assign trained personnel to perform your duties in your absence.
- Assign personnel to act as Training Manager, Personnel Manager, Resource Manager and Organizational Liaison.
- Follow the Officers check list when setting up and operating an emergency or training net.
In the next bulletin we can look at a more specific example.
Continues next week