Presentation on theme: "Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS). DEFINITION An Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) is a program created by a governmental disaster recovery."— Presentation transcript:
DEFINITION An Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS) is a program created by a governmental disaster recovery or emergency management office to supplement its emergency communications operation with unpaid staff.
National Incident Management System (NIMS) The ACS concept is recognized in Emergency Support Function Two (ESF 2) of NIMS The identified ACS in many local plans is RACES.
HISTORY The ACS concept, originally the Auxiliary Radio Service (ARS), developed from an incorrect assumption of the 70’s that a RACES organization was only for Radio Amateurs, and a need to utilize communication volunteers over a broader scope. Experience during the recovery phase of the Northridge Earthquake (CA 1994) led to the evolution and expansion of ACS. ACS and the Incident Command System (ICS) were both initially developed in the mega- disasters of California.
APPLICATION ACS makes possible the effective management and utilization of personnel from Amateur Radio, CAP, MARS, REACT, CERT, and others; in support of emergency communications and disaster recovery. ACS makes it possible to use skilled individuals in roles other than radio operators. The common thread is communication related tasking.
OPERATIONS Participation in day to day operations leads to familiarization for emergency and disaster response. May include participation in planning and preparation for local scenarios. Normally mobilized at the same time as other public safety resources responding to a developing incident.
Where Do We Go From Here? RACES personnel will be involved with the installation and testing of equipment in the RACES Room of the new EOC, and MCP. RACES personnel, in cooperation with EOC staff, will develop plans, documentation and SOP’s to support the Emergency Operations Center communication functions.
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS RACES personnel will provide EOC communication support, in the interim, developing a familiarity with the center’s function. RACES personnel will participate in drills, exercises and other events to develop proficiency in their craft.
TRAINING Training opportunities, classes, and testing will be offered to any interested Amateur Radio operator. The Probationary Period gives individuals the opportunity to participate while getting the training and certifications required.
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