TRAINING: SALAMANDER Credentialing System

Course Description:

The first half of the training day will cover the Salamander Live Version 2, a resource management tool developed and funded by the Colorado Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). This statewide solution gives all city, county, and state agencies the ability to credential personnel and equipment and produce the standardized ID card credential. This then allows for seamless interoperability across all city and county lines. The resource information is housed in the web-based “Salamander LIVE” system. As of today, there is over 25,000 people in this database across the state.


The second half of the day will focus on the Salamander “TRACK APP” (for smartphones and tablets) to conduct resource accountability.


The Salamander “rapidTAG” incident specific badging system, Salamander “rapidTagEVAC” which focuses on evacuee identification and the Salamander “COMMAND” solution will also be covered.


Using “Salamander LIVE”, this course will also cover the ability to gain greater situational awareness and generate incident specific reports (including NEW personnel and equipment COST REPORTS. INVENTORY Management will also be discussed.

Target Audience:

Salamander Agency Administrators, Agency Data Entry Personnel, Agency Training Personnel, TrackApp Users, RapidTAG, Users, Command Users. Any other individuals who are potential system users in any form.

Date, Time & Location:

  • Wednesday January 30th, 2019 0830-1600
  • Montrose Events Center, 1036 N 7th St, Montrose, CO 81401
  • Lunch will be on your own.

Register:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/west-region-credentialingaccountability-salamander-training-tickets-52910410462

AuxComm Training Available (01- 03 March 2019)

 

Colorado  AuxComm training course is scheduled 01-03 March in Grand Junction, CO.

Prerequisites: Completion of IS-00100.c, IS-00200.b, IS-00700.b, IS-00800.c, Co.train.org courses (1030726, 1021323, 1027248), and OPSEC Awareness are required prior to the workshop.

All attendees will need to register on Co.train.org and complete the application process as detailed at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhsem/auxiliary-communications prior to being accepted for workshop

It is a 20 hour, 2.5 day course with facilitated lectures and student exercises

Please visit the CO.TRAIN.ORG website to sign up.

Robert Wareham, (N0ESQ) Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director

–ARRL Press Release–

Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director

 

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has named Robert Wareham, N0ESQ, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director. Wareham will serve the remaining term of Jeff Ryan, K0RM, who assumed the position of Rocky Mountain Director upon the resignation of Dwayne Allen, WY7FD.

 “I have worked side-by-side with Robert for many years addressing issues that could have an effect on Amateur Radio, and I am pleased he is joining me at the Division level to continue these efforts”

Ryan said.

 An ARRL Life Member, Wareham has been serving as Colorado Section Emergency Coordinator since 2011. He previously served in the Field Organization as Colorado’s State Government Liaison and as Public Information Officer. An attorney, Wareham assisted in drafting the bill that created the Colorado Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit (AuxComm) in 2016. AuxComm is a unit of the Colorado Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and is managed by Colorado ARES leadership under a Memorandum of Understanding.

 Wareham also was instrumental in drafting a provision exempting Amateur Radio licensees from a hands-free cell phone bill, and for drafting a bill codifying the provisions of the limited federal pre-emption known as PRB-1 into Colorado law. He has been providing pro bono legal assistance to Colorado Amateur Radio clubs for many years.

 Wareham will serve the remainder of the Vice Director’s term, which runs through 2019.

Amateur Participation Requested – MARS DOD Communication Readiness Excercise

MARS – Military Auxiliary Radio System

From 22-26 October 2018, MARS members will be supporting the DOD HF communications readiness exercise testing the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communications protocols simulating the loss of traditional forms of communication.

Throughout this exercise, MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information at the county level regarding publicly available information using voice and amateur radio digital protocols.

Additionally, MARS members will be participating in the HF ALE on the air exercise taking place from 12-22 Oct 2018.

On 24 Oct 0001 Hrs Zulu (23 Oct 2001 Hrs eastern) amateur radio operators are requested to monitor 60 meter channel 1 (5330.5 KHz, upper sideband) for updated information regarding this exercise and how the amateur radio community can participate.

During the exercise, MARS members will communicate with amateur radio operators on all five 60 meter channels, as well as the other amateur radio bands.

If you have questions regarding this exercise, please email: mars.exercises@gmail.com.

This exercise is a simulation only and will not affect any public or private communications or infrastructure.

2018 ARES Simulated Emergency Test

Colorado ARES will be participating in a Simulated Emergency Test (SET) on 06 OCT 2018. Participating agencies include:

  • CO ARES Districts
  • County EOC’s (actual or simulated)
  • State EOC

 

Purpose: This test is intended to validate the following FEMA categories:

  • Mission Area: RESPONSE
  • Core Capabilities: Situational Assessment, Operational Communication

 

Objectives for the 2018 ARES SET include:

  1. Activation of participating ARES Districts via their respective County EOC (actual EOC or simulated).
  2.  Establishment of ARES District controlled nets to gather Situation Reports from ARES members and communicate reports to the county EOC (actual EOC or simulated) via radio traffic.
  3. Consolidation of District Level Situation Reports and communication of consolidated reports from the County EOC to the State EOC via radio traffic (voice and digital).

 

Your District Emergency Coordinator will provide more information regarding your Districts participation and plans as information becomes available.

 

FEMA Releases Revised IS-100 and IS-700 NIMS Courses

No. 1417  Monday, June 25, 2018
Emergency Management Institute

TWO REVISED NIMS COURSES RELEASED

FEMAs National Integration Center and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute have completed and approved the release of two revised online NIMS courses during the week of 25 June:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level
ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident
Management System (NIMS).
IS-700.b, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
This course provides an overview of the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS defines
the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental
organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against,
mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel. Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you will find it informative to review the new versions of these courses.

DHSEM – Auxiliary Emergency Communications: Recognition of It’s Support to Public Safety

Auxiliary Emergency Communications: Recognition of It’s Support to Public Safety

John E. Peterson, DHS OEC Technical Assistance Branch

Colorado Law Enacted to Codify AUXCOMM Unit:

A new Colorado law has created an Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AuxComm) Unit within the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). The law implements recommendations in a 2012 FCC report to Congress regarding amateur radio’s role in disasters and emergencies.  Governor John Hickenlooper signed the measure into law on June 6, 2016.

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FEMA DEC Newsletter – April 16-30

The twice monthly FEMA DEC news letter is available below.

 

FEMA DEC Newsletter_April 16-30_2018_Final

House Bill 16-1040 – Colorado AuxComm

Colorado’s House Bill 16-1040 was signed into law today (June 6, 2016) by Governor John Hickenlooper creating the Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit in the state’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management in the Department of Public Safety.

The content of HB 16-1040 is available below:

HB 16-1040

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ARRL ARES E-Letter

The monthly ARRL ARES E-Letter is available by clicking the link below:

http://www.arrl.org/ares-el