There have been multiple changes in ARES recently, one of which involves training and training records. We are now required to have certain courses completed to be in ARES, per the ARRL ARES plan and our SM/SEC. Because of these requirements, we will be asking everyone to complete this form and attach a copy of their ICS course completion certificates. We are aware of the burden this places on everyone and it does not need to be accomplished immediately, however, it must be completed by Dec 31, 2019.
As such, Marion County ARES will require the same thing. Some of the requirements of this plan are:
Three levels of training will allow ARES participants to enter the program and migrate to higher levels of qualification and service.
• Level 1 — This is the primary level for those who choose a non-leadership role as well as those
new to Amateur Radio or emergency communications. This introductory training is conducted by
the local ARES group to meet their needs and those of their served agency or partners. This
training could be formal or informal, and would introduce the ARES participant to the
fundamentals of emergency communications and provide instruction on how participants are to
conduct themselves while serving in the field or otherwise activated. Participants may elect to
remain at this level, or any level, based upon the extent of their desired ARES involvement.
• Level 2 — To qualify for this level, participants shall have completed the following courses:
ARRL’s EC-001 Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (a no-cost
program) and FEMA IS-100, IS-200, IS 700, and IS-800. Participants are also encouraged to take
advantage of training opportunities available through partners to enhance their knowledge and
• Level 3 — This level of training prepares ARES participants to take on leadership positions such
as EC, ADEC, DEC, ASEC, and SEC, and other designated positions in the ARES program.
Participants are required to complete ARRL’s EC-016, Emergency Communications for
Management, when available along with FEMA Professional Development Series of courses IS120, IS-230, IS-240, IS-241, IS-242, IS-244, and IS-288 the Role of voluntary Organizations in
Emergency Management. Participants also are encouraged to complete the FEMA courses IS300, and IS-400 should they be available locally.