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RACES stands for "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service," a protocol created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC Part 97, Section 407). Many government agencies across the country train their Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) volunteers using the RACES protocol. The volunteers serve their respective jurisdictions pursuant to guidelines and mandates established by local emergency management officials.

About ARES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

In Cochise Country, RACES and ARES are a joint organization, so that resources are pooled for efficiency and the common good of the people of Cochise County.

Two Flavors of Amateur Radio
Emergency Operations

Emergency Communications

DHS Office of Emergency Communications
The office leads the Nation’s operable and interoperable public safety and national security and emergency preparedness (NS/EP) communications efforts.


Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society (EAARS)
The Eastern Arizona Amateur Radio Society was founded in October of 1974, with the purpose of uniting the Amateurs in Southeastern Arizona and Southwestern New Mexico into a working group that would promote amateur radio in the region.

Arizona Traffic and Emergency Net (ATEN)
The net meets each day practicing the passing of formal written NTS Radiogram Traffic messages into and out of our coverage area.

RACES Training Frequencies

Alternate Saturday morning 0715 7:15am:
Southern Region RACES 3.865MHz

Every Sunday morning 0730 7:30am:

Every second & fourth Wednesday 2000 8pm:
Cochise County RACES Training 147.020 (-600)(PL 162)

RACES Information & Forms

RACES Manual
Transmitter Sites

NIMS Training Requirements
RACES Information
Incident Command System (ICS)forms

Official: Incident Command System (ICS)forms

RACES Individual Training
RACES Skills Matrix
All Hazards RADO Task Book
AUXCOM Position Task Book

National Qualification System
Position Task Books

Communications Leader (COML)
Communications Technician (COMT)

Future Use 1D

Future Use 2D

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