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 GCARES  Greene County, Ohio
  Greene County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
     Prepared for emergency communication when needed.
GCARES Training Recommendations

No training is required to become a GCARES member; however, check the Membership page or the Ohio Section ARES page which explain the training required to advance to Level 2 or Level 3 ARES membership.

FEMA provides online training that is required for Level 2 and Level 3 ARES membership. This requirement is to ensure that operators are familiar with EMA procedures and organization during a disaster, and can work effectively with local and Federal EMA personnel and first responders. For more information on the FEMA courses, go to the FEMA Course list. To register for the FEMA courses, you will first need to create a Student ID. Instructions are available at the FEMA course site.

Additional rigorous training is required to obtain the FEMA designations of Communications Technician (COMT) and Communications Unit Leader (COML). Requirements are summarized in the Position Task Book for these designations. See the Download Center to obtain the Task Books.

GCARES also recommends Skywarn weather spotter training. The Greene County Emergency Management Agency sponsors National Weather Service Skywarn spotter training every winter/spring. The class usually lasts from 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Watch this site for upcoming classes. For more information about Skywarn training, go to the Spotter Training Schedule.

GCARES encourages members to complete Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. An attempt is underway to offer a CERT training class in Beavercreek. When plans are finalized, we will announce it here. For more information, click here.

GCARES also encourages members to volunteer with the Beavercreek Township Fire Department Auxiliary to provide service for the department and the Beavercreek community. CERT Training is typically done through the BTFD. For more information, click here.

Last updated 1/14/2021