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From the ARRL ARES E-Letter July 18, 2018:

FEMA Releases Revised Basic ICS/NIMS

Independent Study Courses

FEMA released two revised online ICS/NIMS courses last month:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System

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 NIMS, which defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community - all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), 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 ICS/NIMS training for all incident personnel. 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 may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses. The new courses will be available through FEMA's EMI website.

Learning Opportunities on ARES Topics

Learn more on making Powerpole connections, soldering, building dual band J-Pole antennas and other technical topics of special interest to public service operators. Click here.

Learn more on current digital modes used for incident and event communications and operating here.

Click here for information and learning how the FCC Part 97 amateur service rules apply to emergency communications, RACES and drills.

Know Your ICS Forms!

It's important for all active ARES operators to be familiar with the now ubiquitous forms used under the Incident Command System during incidents and events. A great page from FEMA's website lists and has PDF (downloadable, and fillable) files of all ICS Forms. An ICS Forms Booklet is also available.


Letters: On LED Lights and AAA Batteries

One quick comment on your recent LED lighting article. I have several of the LED headlights that my wife picked up for me, but I dislike them for one reason: They all take 3 AAA batteries. The lights last only a few hours on a set of AAA batteries. I don't buy any flashlights or other devices that require more than micro-amps of current that use AAA batteries.

My favorite LED flashlight uses two CR123A lithium batteries.The flashlight was relatively costly on-line, but the batteries are quite inexpensive at various places on the Internet (less than $1.50 at Digi-Key, for example).The flashlight is less than 5" long and 1" in diameter--it fits easily in a pants pocket. It is quite bright, and the batteries last a long time.

Now, if someone would make a headlamp with one or two CR123As, that would be great! -- Wilton Helm, WT6C, Evergreen, Colorado


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D22 Newsletters from years gone by...

Wayne, N0POH, was going through some files and found some newsletters dating from 1988 to about 2006 that we have posted now on a "Newsletters" page. These are definitely worth the read! They are historical, informative, and entertaining! It amazes me, especially as your new EC, how Alphonse Karr really hit the nail on the head when he said "The more things change, the more they are the same." If you have other newsletters or materials of interest to the history of Arapahoe ARES please send them to N2NWA or KD5DKQ.  They are also scanned into a single 37 page PDF file that can be downloaded: D22 Newsletters 1988 to about 2006. Thanks to Wayne for scanning those for us!