When you complete a course, please send a copy of the certificate via US mail or scan an image of the certificate and email it to the Bernalillo County District Emergency Coordinator (see the Contact page on this website for the DEC’s contact info). When you complete additional training, your database record will be updated. There is also a state managed online database of communications volunteers’ education and experience. As an ARES member, if you want to be included in that state database, ask for information about how to become listed in that state database.

As an ARES member, training is important to ensure each operator has an understanding of the FEMA Incident Command System and our role in Auxiliary Communications training for and assisting during incidents, planned and unplanned. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a number of independent study courses designed to help you learn the basic principles of disaster emergency and disaster incident management. These are free short courses you can take online at Many of these courses take about an hour each to complete. In providing communications you will be potentially interacting at times with other Emergency Management officials. The free online FEMA courses will help prepare you for this. There are other courses you are free to take, to develop and or improve management skills not just in communications, but in other areas of your life.

During the 2016 Dog Head Fire in New Mexico for example, which at one point was managed by a Type I (the most experienced) team, various ARES members assisting were in proximity to the Incident Command team and numerous other emergency management personnel. That was at the BC East Mountains Emergency Operations Center which is part of the complex there including a county fire department station and a county sheriff substation. At the shelter in Tijeras where ARES provided a portable radio station, in addition to the various emergency management officials passing through that location, Governor Martinez and accompanying media personnel were at that shelter observing operations for several hours. The point of this is, at minimum ARES members are expected to be competently professional in communications and decorum when providing Auxiliary Communications services. Most importantly, you never know at what moment while providing those services, you will make the difference in protecting and saving lives and valuable property, including property needed for the response and rescue effort.

When disaster strikes, when lives are at risk, will you be ready? To be trusted to be placed in that position to make that difference, you need to trained, and you need to be experienced through practice, such as net participation, and participation in exercises. We understand many have jobs and family and other responsibilities. For most, volunteering is not the major focus or consumer of the time of their lives. However by devoting some time, over time, to training and practicing during exercises, anyone can develop a level of experience to make them a valuable resource providing critical Auxiliary Communications.

IS-100.b Introduction to the Incident Command System Required & a prerequisite for ARRL EC-001
IS-200.b ICS for Single Resources and Initial action Incidents Required
IS-700.a National Incident Management System Required & a prerequisite for ARRL EC-001
IS-800.b National Response Framework, An Introduction Required
IS-802 ESF2 (Emergency Support Function 2 - Communications Required
IS-250 Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF15), External Affairs Recommended before ARRL EC-001
IS-288 The Role of Voluntary Agencies in Emergency Management Recommended before ARRL EC-001

ARRL Emergency Communication Courses

Bernalillo County ARES/RACES members are encourage to take at least the ARRL Introduction to Emergency Communication (EC-001). This course is available at:

Courses Completion Certificates

When you complete a course, please send a copy of the certificate via US mail or scan an image of the certificate and email it to the Bernalillo County District emergency Coordinator. See the contacts page of this website for that information.