The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) was established under FCC regulations, as part of the Amateur Radio Service. The mission of RACES is to establish and maintain the leadership and organizational infrastructure necessary to provide Amateur Radio communications in support of emergency management entities throughout the United States.
In Arlington County, RACES may be employed during a variety of emergency/disaster situations when governmental communications systems are damaged or when additional communications are desired.
RACES develops emergency communications training to enhance the Emergency Support Function 2 (ESF2) communications capabilities of Arlington County government through the Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
Arlington County OEM requires Amateur Radio operators who request certification as RACES operators to undergo criminal background checks conducted by the Sheriff's Department. RACES operators must satisfy certain training benchmarks on an annual basis to retain certification.
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