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The Bastrop Counties ARES training plan is designed to familiarize members with the needs of our served agencies and improve skills as radio communicators and working as part of an emcomm team. In the post 9/11 era, training is even more critical. Emergency managers are unwilling to use untrained volunteers, and federal mandates for the National Incident Management System require volunteers to complete NIMS training  We offer our members training in basic emergency communications, the incident command structure, severe storm spotting, training from the Red Cross, and other topics as necessary.  In the past our members have received training in such areas as ground search and rescue, hazardous materials awareness, and earthquake awareness.
ARRL Emcomm Training
The ARRL offers three emergency communications continuing education courses as part their Certification and Continuing Education Program (CCEP). These courses are:
Level 1 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
EC-001
Description: Introduction to Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. A basic course to raise awareness and provide additional knowledge and tools for any emergency communications volunteer. This course has 23 lesson units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over an 8-week period. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.
Prerequisites: Amateur Radio license
Availability: Classes for this course begin once per month. Click on the Register link (below) to see the schedule for the next available class.
Additional Info: Each lesson consists of text, quiz questions, and Student Activities, which are required for successful completion. Every student is assigned a mentor/instructor to review their student activities and guide them through the course. This course is a prerequisite to Level II, EC-002 and Level III, EC-003, Amateur Radio Emergency Communications courses. Basic computer, Internet, and email navigational skills are required.
Suggested Reference Material: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course, Level I. ARRL Order No. 8462. Click here to order.
Fees: ARRL Member: $45 Non-member: $75 More Information and to Register
Level 2 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
EC-002 
Description: Intermediate Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. A more in-depth study into amateur radio emergency communications to enhance the skills and knowledge received from previous experience. Level I ARECC is required prior to taking Level II. This course has 20 lesson units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over an 8-week period. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.
Prerequisites: EC-001, Level I ARECC.
Availability: Classes for this course begin once per month. Click on the Register link (below) to see the schedule for the next available class.
Additional Info: This course is a prerequisite to Level III, EC-003, Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course. Basic computer, Internet, and email navigational skills are required.
Suggested Reference Material: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course, Level II $19.95. ARRL Order No. 9698. Click here to order.
Fees: Member: $45 Non-member: $75 More Information and to Register

Level 3 Amateur Radio Emergency Communications
EC-003, Revison 2

Description: Advanced Amateur Radio Emergency Communications. This is the third and final stage of the 3-level ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Courses. This is a course for those in leadership or aspiring to leadership positions. Revision 2 is a significant rewrite that brings the course current with the post-9/11/01 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) paradigm. This course has 23 learning units, is expected to take approximately 25 hours to complete over a 12-week period. See course Syllabus. Required Student Activities.
Prerequisites: Level I (EC-001), and Level II (EC-002) ARECC.
Availability: Classes for this course begin once per month. Click on the Register link (below) to see the schedule for the next available class.
Additional Info: Classes for this course begin once per month. Click on the Register link (below) to see the schedule for the next available class.
Suggested Reference Material: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course, Level III. ARRL Order No. 9736. Click here to order.
Fees: Member: $45 Non-member: $75 More Information and to Register
It is highly recommended that all active ARES members complete at least Emcomm Level I.
National Incident Management System Training
State and local entities must complete training mandated for the National Incident Management System (NIMS). Successful implementation of NIMS depends on the participation and integration of all organizations that may have a role in preparing for or responding to an incident. There is required training for all entry level responders and disaster workers, including volunteer personnel at all levels. This includes emergency communications volunteers in ARES and RACES.
All ARES members should complete the following two training courses. These are offered free of charge online through the Federal Emergency Management Agency's online Emergency Management Institute.
FEMA IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System
FEMA IS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
The courses take from 2-3 hours each, and do not have to be completed in one sitting. You will need to complete these courses in order to be allowed to work with Bastrop County EMA as an ARES volunteer in an emergency or disaster.
It is strongly recommended that all ARES members also complete the following courses:
FEMA IS-200: Basic Incident Command
FEMA IS-800: National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction
There are a number of additional courses offered by the EMI that will be of interest to anyone involved in emergency communications and emergency response. You may take any others that interest you.
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