Attention Katy Hams, an outstanding public service event is scheduled for 8 Feb 2014. You will have opportunity to exercise emergency communication skills and gain some experience and understanding of ARES operations. You can volunteer for morning, afternoon, or all day shift. You need a 5 watt dual band HT with headset or earpiece.
CERT teams throughout Texas travel each year to Houston to compete in skills based events that demonstrate the training they have received in their 8 week training program.
Hams provide radio communications for this event as a directed net and communicate between each of the 11 event stations and incident command (IC). Many CERT leaders and chiefs are assigned a radio shadow which provides their radio communications.
Each event that the CERT teams participate in is scored. With 24 or so teams and 11 different events, there is a tremendous amount of scoring traffic. The logistics of moving teams from event to event, feeding an army of CERT participants and other volunteers, health and welfare and operations traffic makes this a very radio active event.
The activity, pace and excitement of this event is very close to a full scale incident. Major highlights include:
- Landing and take-off of helicopters from Life-Flight and the US Coast Guard.
- The hazardous materials size-up is a train derailment using full-size rail cars and full size tanker trucks.
- Live fire fighting.
- Search and rescue using real airplane in the debris field.
- Search and rescue in a multi-story building in a “burning” building with smoke so thick you can’t see your hands.
- A lot of activity and very busy event.
- Practice with and see a lot of the folks you will be working with during an actual event.
It will be held at the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Training Grounds, 2318 Atascocita Road, Humble, Texas on Saturday, February 8, 2014. Hams are requested to arrive at 0600 for set-up and check in. Competition will begin at 0800 hours and everything should end by 1700 hours. Hams can volunteer for the day, the morning or afternoon shift only.
Radio communications are being coordinated by ARES D14 (Harris County) members and D1 (Surrounding Counties.) You don’t have to an ARES member to participate. Each Ham will need to bring a dual-band 5watt HT with a headset or ear-piece.
Hams of all physical activity and skill levels are encouraged to sign up and should find this fun, interesting and rewarding. Newbies are not just welcomed but definitely encouraged. It’s also an excellent training ground for radio communications during a disaster or incident.
Interested Hams should contact:
Christine Smith, N5CAS
2014 CERT Rodeo Communications Chairman