Meetings are held for MARES members once each quarter where training is offered on local specific topics. These meetings are shown on the MARES calendar.
Santa Clara County ARES/RACES offers a number of training courses. While these are designed for Mutual Aid Communicators [MAC] and MACs in Training (MIT) they can be taken by any interested Amateur Radio Operator. These classes are free and are generally held on a Saturday morning for 3 hours.
FEMA On-line Courses
FEMA courses provide background into the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). These courses explains how an agency or agencies responded to an event and are required in order to obtain site access, qualifications, and ID Badges. These free courses can be completed on-line using the links provided.
IS100b "Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)"
IS200b "ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents"
IS700a "National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction"
IS800b "National Response Framework, An Introduction"
ARRL offers a basic course (EC-001) to raise awareness and provide additional knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. This course has a reduced fee for ARRL members. A second course (EC-016)is designed for those who will be in leadership and managerial roles organizing other volunteers to support public service activities and communications during emergencies.
EC-001 "Introduction to Emergency Communications"
EC-016 "Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs"
Last Updated: February 5, 2013