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Milpitas ARES®/RACES

Ham Radio is a Hobby...
Emergency Communications is a Commitment


The time for training is before a disaster...not during one!

Local Training

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.

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Santa Clara County ARES/RACES/ACS offers a number of training courses. These classes can be taken by any interested Amateur Radio Operator. The classes are free and are generally held on a Saturday morning for 3 hours.

This training also meets the requirements for the various Credentials. You do not need to participate in the Credential program to take these classes.


FEMA ICS On-line Self-Study Courses
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FEMA courses provide background into the Incident Command System (ICS) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). These independent study courses explain how an agency or agencies responded to an event and are required by the City of Milpitas for all RACES members. They are web-based and take an hour or two each to complete.

  • IS-100.C Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS) introduces ICS and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

  • IS-200.B ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents. This course is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System.

  • IS-700.B National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction. This course provides an overview of NIMS. The National Incident Management System defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community - all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector - to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

CSTI (California Specialized Training Institute)
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  • SEMS G606: Introduction to Standarized Emergency Management System, online course. This course provides a comprehensive discussion of the components of SEMS and how SEMS is used in California. Content includes mutual aid, multiagency coordination, the operational area concept, and how the five levels of government communicate, interact, and share resources.

    Finding the SEMS G606 Course

    1. Go to the CSTI site (opens in new tab)
    2. Click the "Browse Training" button
    3. When on the Browse Training page, type G606 in the search box (upper right side of the page)
    4. In the search results, select the Standardized Emergency Management System Introduction (SEMS G606) online course.
    5. After completion of the course and test you will receive a completion certificate via email.

    What training do I need to be useful? We have provided a list of recommended training based on your role/assignment.

    Last Updated:  December 3, 2019