This posting comes our way courtesy of Bill Unger VE3XT who is the RAC Director for North East Ontario. This has been just cut and pasted in from an email he sent out
Posted as a service to the Ontario Amateur Radio Community
North East Ontario Regional Directors Report for March, 2012
Hopefully by now you will have seen the bulletins on restructuring being done in the Ontario ARES Field Organization. If you want more information please check out the RAC web pages and look for recent bulletins on the main page. Between reading the bulletin and our committee’s final report you can probably see why we needed to change our field organization and the logic for coming up with the solution we did.
All this talk about EMCOMM’s has gotten me thinking about Amateurs providing communications in the event we are needed. All professional First Responders and many Volunteer Organisations require their volunteers to have taken and passed the Incident Management System (IMS) course, IMS 100. This course was brought about after major fires in California years ago. There was confusion between various organizations regarding who was in charge, how do they communicate with each other and the logistics of getting resources, both people and hardware to the right place at the right time to name but a few.
As a result an IMS protocol was developed so that when various organizations respond to an incident the chain of command, response protocol and infrastructure is consistent. If responders are required from different jurisdictions they also are operating from the same play book. This is obviously a very simplified description of how it works but should give you an idea of what it is all about.
So what does this have to do with me as an Amateur? I am now hearing that the day may be close when anyone responding to an incident and does not have training in INS will not be allowed to help. This would include volunteers such as us.
The training is available from Emergency Management Ontario online and is free. Once you read through the instruction manual you can take the open book test online and when you pass you print out your certificate. You should be able to complete the entire course in 4 to 5 hours. Here is a link to EMO web site to get you going and I encourage you to check out the entire site as there is a lot of good information there.
I am hoping and encouraging all RAC ARES members across Ontario to obtain this certification. It shows our commitment to being current and professional in our approach to EMCOMM’s.
I am still looking for a Deputy Director for the North East Region. Next time I will outline the duties of the position. Give it a thought.
Rita and I are taking a little sabbatical for a while and will be visiting family. I will have email but it could be sporadic at times so please be patient if it takes a while for me to reply.
Finally I would like to thank all of you who joined or rejoined RAC in the last month at whatever level you chose. Thanks.
If you have any questions or concerns please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North East Ontario Regional Director
Radio Amateurs of Canada
If you have any comments or questions please contact Bill directly via email