York City Emergency Communicators Team Up With Emergency Medical
of contact: Charles Hargrove
NY (May 14, 2013) - New York City Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Service (NYC-ARECS), a NYC-based auxiliary
communications service, has announced they are expanding their
organization to include a new Emergency Medical Service division.
The new EMS division will allow the organization to couple a trained
medical provider with a radio operator at Public Service Events.
is a State of New York non-profit corporation, made up of New
York City based licensees of the Federal Communications Commission
(FCC) that specialize in Amateur Radio emergency communications.
Team members volunteer their time to provide radio communications
(voice and digital messages) for governments, as well as civil-preparedness
and relief agencies, during periods of local, regional, or national
primary mission is to provide communications during emergencies,
during the year, the organization also provides supplemental communications
to both large and small events throughout New York. This includes
several events such as walk-a-thons and bike-a-thons, some which
are over 100 miles long and include tens of thousands of participants.
Radio operators are either stationed in one position or placed
in a support vehicle that is continually on the move. Being able
to partner a medical provider (First Responder, EMT, etc.) with
a radio operator is a force multiplier and a 'win-win' for both
the event organization and for any injured participant.
the incoming NYC-ARECS EMS Coordinator said: "By pairing
up a trained medical provider with a radio communications operator
at large events, we shorten the time an injured person has to
wait for immediate treatment, before the formal emergency services
arrive on scene." He added: "The recent Boston
Marathon bombing demonstrated that having increased numbers of
medical providers on-scene at large public events, can help increase
immediate response which saves lives."
EMS members will be Auxiliary members of NYC-ARECS. Their mission
will be supplement local EMS at events, where they will operate
up to their certified level of training during an emergency, as
basic life support providers.
is a great expansion of our services and commitment to our fellow
citizens in New York," said Charles Hargrove, President
of NYC-ARECS. On 9/11, Hargrove was the
City-Wide 'RACES' Radio Officer based in the New York City,
Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, at the World Trade
Center. "We plan on providing materials and training,
at no charge, for any volunteer EMS member who is interested in
becoming a emergency radio operator," he added.
members are divided across all five boroughs of NYC. They own,
operate and train with their own equipment, including computers,
radios, antennas, and portable battery back-up power. Members
have radio communication capability at home, portably, and specialized
equipment in their vehicles. Members of the NYC-ARECS are licensed
by the FCC and may participate in the 'Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service' (RACES), a protocol created by the FCC
and is administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
/ Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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