During a recent meeting at City Hall Barb Graff, Director of Emergency Management had the opportunity to brief Mayor Jenny Durkan on how Seattle enlists the support of volunteers to help during emergency incidents and disasters. Barb presented the Mayor with an ACS cap as a visible reminder of the invaluable service provided by more than 150 volunteer ham radio operators.
A brief recap of our Seattle ACS Team accomplishments:
During 2017 the ACS team signed up 33 new members and contributed approximately 7500 hours of volunteer service in support of city departments and community organizations. This included: 8 EOC activations, 2 city wide field training exercises, 52 radio nets, and 7 radio system projects. Additionally, ACS members supported multiple public services events which included: The Seattle Marathon, Fat Salmon Open-water Swim, Pride Parade, Torchlight Parade, Fremont Parade, RAMROD, and the Children’s Hospital Charity Run. During EOC activations ACS supports EOC operations by operating the audio-video display system, staffing positions in the Planning Section, and providing general administrative support to the EOC in addition to handling all of the radio communications.
Seattle ACS, along with members of the Puget Sound Repeater Group (PSRG) jointly conducted Field Day. The event provides an opportunity to showcase the science and skill of the Amateur Radio operations. During the 2017 exercise, our team operated continuously off the utility grid for over 50 hours (mostly by solar). Field Day 2018 is scheduled for the weekend of June 23-24, the public is welcome to stop by South Seattle College and visit the ACS operation.
We thank our team members for volunteering their time, skills and enthusiasm to support the City and our neighborhoods to plan and prepare for future emergencies and disasters. It is through your efforts we will be better prepared to respond and recover. Thank you all – we look forward to working together to meet the challenges of 2018.
Mike’s Memorial Service – November 18th at 1:00pm First Lutheran Church in Bothell 10207 NE 183rd ST Bothell, WA 98011
Our friend and long term member of Seattle ACS and the Medical Services Team, Mike Maloy KF7DTI passed away Sunday September 17th. Mike was with family and experienced a medical event, 911 was called, responding EMTs were not able to revive him.
Mike was a very dedicated member of our Seattle/King County Emcomm radio community giving freely of his time and energy. He was an energetic and dedicated member of the leadership of Seattle ACS, MST and the Comm Academy planning team – we will miss him – he was a great contributor, a dedicated team member and leader and a wonderful friend.
KF7DTI: QRT and best of 73’s de W7ACS