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Clallam County ARES Membership Information

Information on Participating in Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

For an overview of what ARES is, see the ARRL web site: Amateur Radio in Emergency Communications Overview. In Clallam County, there are three levels of involvement when you decide to join ARES. Each of the levels have different requirements; you can read about these levels in ARES Information Cover Letter below.
To join Clallam County ARES, follow these steps in the ARES application packet:

  1. Read the ARES Information Cover Letter
  2. Read the National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliance letter
  3. Read the FEMA Training Requirements
  4. Read the National Incident Management System Training Guidelines
  5. Read the Amateur Radio in Emergency Communications
  6. Fill out the CCARES Registration Form and mail it to the address in the Cover Letter above

Retain copies of these forms for your records

To participate as a full active member, there are a number of training requirements, as listed in the above documents. This is requirement of the Clallam County Sheriff's Office (CCSO), as you will become an Emergency Worker in the Clallam County Emergency Management organization, under the auspices of the Sheriff's Volunteer Program.

To begin the Emergency Worker application process, you will need to fill out the following forms:

  1. Volunteer Application Packet
  2. Emergency Responder ID Card Form
  3. Emergency Worker Training Record
  4. WAC 118-04-200: Personal responsibilities of emergency workers
    (Print two copies and sign a copy that gets turned in.)
  5. Read the Clallam County Volunteer Orientation Guide
  6. Read all sections of the Volunteer Handbook. Print out pages 19-20 to review, sign and turn in.

Retain copies of these forms for your records

As part of the background check process you will need to contact Lorraine Shore (360-417-2262) at the Clallam County Sheriff's Office located at the Clallam County Courthouse in Port Angeles and make an appointment to turn in your forms and to be fingerprinted using their digital fingerprinting machine during regular office hours. No other form of fingerprinting can be submitted. Remember to bring the completed forms with you at that time.

If you have submitted an ARES Membership application and wish to talk to someone about the status of your application, contact the New Member Coordinator listed on our ARES Contacts page.

To complete the circle, at some point in time you may wish to resign from Clallam County ARES.
Please read the ARES Resignation and Reinstatement Policy.

Information on ARES Training Requirements

As a full participant in CCARES, you will be required to take training on the Incident Command System (ICS.) To get you started, here are two documents relating to the ICS: First, the ICS overview, and second, the ICS Pocket Reference Guide.

The training is available through the FEMA Independent Study website. The minimum set of courses you will need to complete to be classified as a "Qualified" ARES member are listed below:

  • ICS-100: Introduction to Incident Command System
  • ICS 200: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • ICS-700: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
  • ICS 800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

ARES Members please note: If you wish to determine if you are "Qualified" and what training you are credited with, contact either the ARES Membership Administrator or the ARES EC - both are listed on our ARES Contacts page. Also, you MUST notify the ARES Membership Administrator whenever you complete a training class, and you must include a copy of your training certificate in your email correspondence. If you need copies of your training certificates, you may request a transcript by filling out this form.


First read this document: The Application Process Described

If you still have questions or want to request additional information regarding CCARES, contact the New Member Coordinator listed on our ARES Contacts page. Questions about filling out the forms may be directed to the New Member Coordinator or the contacts on the Clallam County Emergency Management web site.

Reporting ARES Volunteer Hours

As a full participant in CCARES, you will be required to report your volunteer hours of service. This is extremely important, as the Clallam County Emergency Management team uses this information for numerous purposes, one of which is to apply for gran money. Please read this document from the Sheriff that details the reasons that we need tp report hours.

Volunteer hours are reported on the Volunteer Integrated Management System - VIMS website. Note this is a newer website, easier to use. See the links in our menu on the left.

As you all know, "the job isn't finished until the paperwork is done," so let's all be sure to fully participate and report our hours. The hours that are reported enable the CCSO obtain grants & funding.

Page Updated: 01/24/17

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