Field Day 2017 was a Great Success!

Once again the Seattle Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) a program of the Office of Emergency Management conducted an emergency communications preparedness exercise as part of a national amateur radio “Field Day” event. The purpose was to demonstrate the capability of amateur radio operators to set up and operate field radio stations under emergency conditions for an extended period of time and contact as many other teams across the US and Canada using amateur radio.

Events like this help our volunteer emergency communications teams train and prepare for responding in times of disaster and emergency when electricity and conventional means of communications are disrupted. The ACS team invited other local amateur radio groups to join them for this event and  powered operations around the clock using solar generated energy.

The Seattle Auxiliary Communications Services (Seattle ACS) is a volunteer group of Amateur radio operators that provides radio communications support to the City of Seattle, Office of Emergency Management, as well as other government agencies. Seattle ACS will conduct this Emergency Communications Field Exercise at South Seattle Community College in the field at the south/east corner of the campus behind Olympic Hall. This event will take place over the weekend beginning with set up on Friday morning June 23 at 9:00 AM. The event activities began at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 25 and ended at approximately 11:00 AM on Sunday June 25, 2017.

Our ACS and MST Holiday Luncheon and Meeting was a Good Experience

annualmeetingThank You to all who joined us for a special Holiday meeting of the Medical Services and ACS Teams.

Our meeting was held on Saturday December 10th 11:00 am until 1:30 pm at the  Discovery Park Environmental Learning Center. During our Annual Meeting and Holiday celebration, we highlighted some of our teams’ accomplishments this past year.

Barb Graf, Director of Seattle’s Office of Emergency Management gave a very nice synopsis of her appreciation and praise, she also reminded us of our value in supporting Emergency and Special Event Operations for the City.

Our Guest Speaker was Robert Montaque, Shift Supervisor for the City’s 911/Police Dispatch Center.  Rob explained what happens when we make a call to 9-1-1 in the city of Seattle, how calls are processed and how calls are dispatched and resources are allocated.  He also discussed some new developments in the system, and answered some technical questions.

A hearty and bountiful lunch was provided for all who attended…

Happy Holidays from the leadership of MST and ACS

May 2016 Meeting and Training, Saturday the 14th

Please join us for our monthly ACS meeting and training, to be held Saturday May 14th at South Seattle College, Olympic Hall, Room 101.  Doors open at 8:30 for coffee and seating. Meeting starts at 9:00, with training following.

This month our training will be focused on preparations for ACS Communications exercises on June 7th (inter-departmental City communications) and June 11th (ACS/Hub exercise), and our participation in Cascadia Rising with the Seattle Emergency Operations Center on June 8th and 9th.

Members are encouraged to attend, visitors are welcome.