The central focus of ARES/RACES training is to train Amateur Radio volunteers to provide accurate and reliable emergency communications, thereby enabling our served agencies to provide emergency response and speeding recovery efforts.

The ARRL has adopted the ARES Strategic Plan that sets out the qualifications for membership in ARES through three levels of training.  Each level you complete not only better enables you to accomplish our emergency communications mission, but also helps you to understand how we fit in to the Incident Command System.  Level 3 prepares ARES members for leadership positions and will not be covered here.

Level 1 is the entry skill level for those new to Amateur Radio or emergency communications. You will receive introductory training on the ARES mission here in Clark County.  Remaining at Level 1 will limit your access to some of our served agencies.  You will not receive a Clark County ARES/RACES identification card at this level.  We highly recommend you complete as many of the Level 2 courses (see below) as possible.

Level 2 is the standard skill level for membership in Clark County, Nevada, ARES/RACES.  Our goal is that every member accomplishes the requirements for Level 2.  To renew your membership, you must complete all requirements for Level 2.  At this level, you will receive a Clark County ARES/RACES identification card and are eligible for access to the operations centers of our served agencies.
 For this level, you must have successfully completed the following courses:

    The first two courses you should take are on-line.  They are prerequisites for the courses that folow.  They are:
         1) IS-100, Incident Command System IS-100, Introduction to Incident Command System
         2) IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

Next, comes:
EC-001, ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communications

These next two classes may be taken in any order:
IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction

The Kentucky ARES EMCOMM course will not be accepted for new members after January 1st, 2020.

The ARES Standardized Training Plan Task Book is a useful way you can track your training progress.  As you complete each course, send the completion certificate to the Clark County Nevada Emergency Coordinator (EC) Eric Hobson, KI7MKQ. For contact information, see the Contact Us Tab of this web site.

There are additional levels of training to prepare ARES participants to take on leadership positions.  Details are included in the ARES Strategic Plan.

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