AGRC Emergency Services Group
One of our primary goals is to support public safety agencies during a major emergency. We will work in cooperation with public and private organizations, including emergency management, police, fire, EMS, and CERT Teams. We will provide the assistance using our communications equipment or in other ways, as needed.
An additional mission is to assist the public in communicating with emergency services when normal, day to day, methods of contact are inoperative or overloaded. The public telephone system and the cell phone systems are a combined intersystem and rely on established infrastructure. There have been many instances in which this infrastructure has been damaged by natural disasters, by error, or in some cases, by intentional action. Following our emergency procedures and in cooperation with other agencies, we intend to provide a vital alternate link to 911 call centers or police and fire departments, when needed by the public.
The AGRC also provides resources to educate and inform the public about emergency communications and the use of alternate methods to contact emergency services.
Although our organization, the AGRC, is primarily for GMRS two-way radio operations, we are, in fact, a hybrid of GMRS and Amateur (Ham) radio operators. Many of our members are both licensed GMRS and Ham radio operators. This allows us to use the capabilities of both radio services, as needed.
Those with training and experience in the military, law enforcement, fire/EMS, search and rescue, or CERT, including those who are retired, are encouraged to use their skills in the ESG. Currently, there are those with this type of experience and training in the ESG and more are welcome.
Members should provide information on their previous training, which will be included in their training record and updated with additional training. There are minimum training requirements in Incident Command System basics and communications, which include online FEMA Training courses: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, IS-800.
Additional training will also be provided in communications, net operations and other subjects, as it becomes available.
Want to join the ESG?
Emergency communications is an area with a challenging environment and unique situations for radio operators to volunteer in public service. We act as a trained reserve that activates when we are called. It is not just a hobby, it is a relevant activity. The ESG involves not only one organization, but working and being involved with many others, as well. If you would like to apply your abilities, increase your knowledge and use your communication skills in an organized team effort, then ESG may be for you. Fill out the form and apply!
ESG Team Member Requirements
Member in Good Standing
All ESG personnel must be a member in good standing with the AGRC
Maintain 2 Contact Methods
Phone, Email, Text, 550 Echo or any combination of two constantly active contact methods must be maintained and monitored
Active Participation in Training
ESG personnel are expected to actively participate in all training and exercises
Maintain ICS Certificates
ESG personnel are required to take and maintain training with several ICS and NIMS courses within 60 days of joining