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Arlington County RACES. David Jordan Chief Information Security Officer OEM Emergency Support Function #2 Lead. ABOUT RADIO AMATEUR CIVIL EMERGENCY SERVICE (RACES).

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Arlington county races

Arlington County RACES

David Jordan

Chief Information Security Officer

OEM Emergency Support Function #2 Lead

Arlington county races


  • RACES was established under the Federal Communications Commission Rules and Regulations, 47 CFR 97.407, as part of the amateur radio service.

  • RACES is employed during a variety of emergency/disaster situations where normal governmental communications systems have sustained damage or when additional communications are required or desired. Situations that RACES can be used include: natural disasters, technological disasters, civil disorder, nuclear/chemical incidents, acts of terrorism or enemy attack.

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  • The mission of Arlington County RACES is to establish and maintain the leadership and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide amateur radio communications in support of emergency management in Arlington County Virginia.

  • Arlington County’s RACES Officer (RO) reports to the OEM Emergency Support Function #2 “Emergency Communications” Lead.

Races mission focus

  • RACES Mission = Communications (Unless otherwise requested by the served agency)

  • Use of RACES assets for other purposes:

    • Assisting in searches

    • Setting up or staffing shelters

    • Moving, setting-up or troubleshooting equipment

    • Answering telephones or keyboarding data into networks

  • MUST NOT jeopardize the primary communication mission!

Races early beginnings in arlco

  • ARLCO OEM Establishes RACES RO

  • Arlington County Public Service Club sponsors RACES

  • ARPSC installs 2m, 220, Red Cross repeaters

  • RACES Volunteer recruitment starts Oct 05

  • 25 licensed amateurs sign-up

  • 30 unlicensed county employees express interest in getting a license.

  • Technician Class developed for WEBCAST

  • Basic RACES Operator Class developed for WEBCAST

Oem emergency support function 2 emcom
OEM Emergency Support Function #2 EmCom

  • ESF #2 responsible for County Government voice, video, data, EOC, MCVs, ETSU support and RACES.

  • Three RACES Alternate Radio Officers

  • Three Arlington RACES teams (ARL, FFX, ALEX, other jurisdictions).

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Current ARLCO RACES Status

  • 21 Certified RACES volunteers as of 06/06

  • RACES Team has participated in two major exercises (Fairfax, VA AEOC drill and ARRL Field Day)

  • Weekly Net exercises

  • “Arlington Alert” activation by cell phone, email, etc.

  • W4AVA.ORG website updated regularly

Volunteer requirements
Volunteer Requirements

  • Mandatory character background checks

  • Successful completion of basic communications training

  • Pass vehicle inspection

  • Maintain active roll in exercises

  • FEMA NIMS training required

  • County issued OEM ID badge

Races basic operator training

  • UNIT 1: Introduction to Emergency Communication

  • UNIT 2: Operating Procedures for Voice Nets

  • UNIT 3: Message Handling Using ICS 213 Form

  • UNIT 4: Personal Preparedness and Equipment Recommendations

  • UNIT 5: RACES Interfaces and Functions in the EOC

  • TEST (85 % or 38/50 required for passing)

Emergency technology support unit objectives
Emergency Technology Support Unit Objectives

  • Provide high speed Inet and Internet access to users and additional communications vehicles.

  • Allow inbound and outbound connections from multitude of video end-points and to allow video conferencing from the vehicle and to host conferences from other video end-points

  • Provide a mobile data storage solution to allow access of county resources such as Pictometery, traffic cameras, GIS data, and reporting tools.

Federal facilities in arlco

  • Pentagon, Navy Annex, National Airport

  • National Guard Readiness Center

  • State Dept. Foreign Affairs Training Center

  • > 30 other Federal agencies

  • ARLCO responsible for first response to these agencies

Races w4ava repeaters overlooks dc nova

  • 144 & 220 MHz Coverage

  • W4AVA HF with antennas for 80 - 10 M

  • Antenna site shared with National HQ American Red Cross GMRS, NRC business band repeater and county public safety 800 radio system site.

STATION W4AVAThe Arlington Radio Public Service Club operates W4AVA, the National Capital Region's first club Internet Remote Amateur Radio (IRAR) HF station.

Arlington races future

  • Develop General class on-line licensing and RACES Basic Operator Courses ongoing

  • Weekly practice nets, monthly activities

  • FEMA Courses: IS-100, IS-700 etc. for Leaders and Operators

  • Dual band 2m/440 radios and base antenna equipment located at ARLCO Fire stations

  • Future goals: Packet equipped and trained, HF liaison stations ready

Contact information
Contact Information

David Jordan

Arlington County Government, Virginia

OEM ESF #2 Lead, RACES Radio Officer

Department of Technology Services

Chief Information Security Officer