webeoc-training0005On Thursday evening March 19 – Pioneer Square was jumping as Sounders FC opened it first season to a joyful crowd.  Parking was at a premium but some how resourceful ACS members were able to park and make it to the EOC for hands-on radio training.   Those in attendance included Jacob KE7 TNP, Tom Nl7FQ, Jeff Chang WB7AHT, Mike Toot KE7WBE, Frank McJunkins K7RSD, Todd WA7FOX and Tammy WA7TZ.  webeoc-training0001

The purpose of the training, which will be repeated, is to give ACS and MST operators experience operating the new Motorola CDM 1250 UHF and VHF radios and using the NCS mini-switching console.  This system was installed at the beginning of year by Tom Saunders N7OEP from the City’s Radio shop and an ACS member.  The system replaces the old 1980’s vintage Motorola gear that came out of police and fire vehicles when the City upgraded to 800 MHz trunking system in the 1990’s.  This gear was at end of life after serving the City well – our new gear really works well and has made a big difference in the signals coming out of the EOC. webeoc-training0007

Here are a few more pictures of ACS members involved in the training.

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We will be holding the monthly training meeting on Saturday March 28, 2009 at South Seattle Community College West Seattle Campus in Olympic Hall (south end of campus) 6000 16th Ave SW, Seattle, WA‎  –

This will be a joint ACS/MST training and will have two parts.  Part 1 will be a presentation by Willie Nunn from FEMA, Willie will discuss the mission and capabilities of the FEMA Incident Management Support Teams.  These resources are available to assist local jurisdictions with complex and long term disasters.  Part 2 will be presented by Brian Daly and will address basic HIPAA training and orientation to the MST forms and proceedrues.  This part of the training supports our efforts to provide basic skills and knowlege so ACS and MST can work to support each others missions.

Hope to see everyone there it will be a good training – coffee is at 8:30 … thanks Mark, N7LYE

here is a URL to a Google Map for the Campus:

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The leadership of Seattle ACS and the King County MST have formed a team to plan a field exercise for Saturday May 30, 2009.  The team is made up of Joel Ware, Todd Heuer, Bob Helling, Brian Hagler and Mary Ann Chapman.  Joel has agreed to be the team convener and Mary Ann is our exercise consultant.  Mary Ann has had considerable training and experience in exercise planning and currently works with US Coast Guard Sector Seattle. 

Purpose of the exercise

The purpose of this exercise is to improve the readiness and effectiveness of Seattle ACS by including new members as well as longer term members that have not participated in recent exercises and mentoring.  Activities will include  practicing and refining the EOC comm-center’s field tracking and dispatching procedures; improving coordinated interaction with MST by including MST activity in the EOC and cross-training ACS members with MST.

 

Needs Assessment – why is conducting a field exercise a good idea?  here are some of major reasons to be addressed by this drill:

1. New members are sometimes reluctant to jump into the action. We need to

kick-start them and get them involved. Training and practice will help overcome

this reluctance. Some longer-term members have the same issue. The exercise can

help build a base-line of skill and participation by all.

 

2. ACS and MST have developed and MOU but have not have integrated the teams

into a common mission. Design the exercise to begin the cross-training of MST

and ACS members in procedures and protocols such that members may feel

comfortable supporting any mission which they may be called upon by the served

agencies.

 

3. We need to work on internal EOC procedures to effectively manage

participants and assignments, handle message traffic, and address developing

situations and re-assignment of resources. Development of these procedures will

be ongoing, and they should be tested whenever possible, starting with this

exercise.

 

4. Resource requirements in a real-world incident will require participation of

more people than have been involved in past exercises. To be effective in an

incident, communicators need training and practice ahead of time. We need to

increase number of participants in exercises to accomplish this.

 

5. We need to incorporate the MST Region 6 Mednet Seattle sub-net control

function into the Seattle EOC and into the MST net hierarchy, effectively

handling hospital-specific message traffic, addressing developing situations and

re-assignment of resources as needed. Development of these procedures will be

ongoing, and they should be tested whenever possible, starting with this

exercise.

 

6. Review prior exercises and lessons learned to find capabilities that need to

be tested. Some of these may require work prior to the exercise to get solutions

into place.

 

7,  Exercises are team building experiences and help develop a sense of community among members and reinforce a sense of purpose and commitment.  Drills also need to be as much for fun as for learning.   

 

 

 

 

 

The Planning Team is working hard to get this event planned – stay tuned for more information

Put this on your Calendar for Saturday Morning May 30, 2009

Here is a link to Fred Rowely’s presentation at the Saturday February 28, 2009 training:  2009-02findingyourway1.

Note – this a large file and will take awhile to download…..

Fred explains a Topo Map On Saturday February 28, The Medical Services Team and Seattle ACS held a joint training session at South Seattle Community College.  The theme was “Staying Found”.  Fred Rowly, the City of Seattle’s GIS coordinator conducted a session titled: Navigating the Urban Environment.  He covered the history of navigation, different types of maps, how to use a compass to find your position on the map, GPS overview and discussion of new web-available mapping technologies.  His slide presentation will be available soon, we will provide it as a .PDF file.  The topics Fred presented seemed to resonate well with the two teams, there was quite a bit of discussion and questions.  Several of the participants had experience with navigation and we able to contribute their knowledge and experience. 

Fred explained the street grid for King County including Seattle and there was a good discussion how this works and the group worked through some practical examples and did find a few exceptions to the rules.  We will provide all with a handy one-page guide to carry with us to aid in finding addressess in our County.  We very much enjoyed Fred’s presentation and thank him for taking his Saturday morning to train us.

Chris KD7DVD at the APRS StationFollowing Fred’s presentation Chris Osburn, KD7DVD presented a brief overview of Automated Packet-radio Reporting System (APRS) and provide a demonstration using his portable station which he set-up in the classroom.  After overcoming the normal stress of taming the classroom A/V system he was able to project the APRS map so all could see various ham stations reporting out from across the region.  He was able to demonstrate the short messaging capability of the system and how you can get into APRS with only a handheld device that has an on-board TNC and GPS receiver.  Chris has agree to be the lead for ACS APRS practice and will help us with a strategy of how we can best implement this tool to support our mission.  Many thanks to Chris for conducting the demonstration and taking on this new role with ACS.  The APRS demonstration and discussion seemed to spark a lot of enthusiasm for this very interesting mode of operation.  I think we can expect to see many new APRS icons popping up on the location map in the near future…

The meeting was scheduled to end at 11:30 AM but there were still people talking and hanging out to around 12:30 when I drove away from the small group remaining in the parking lot… a great meeting about 50 in attendance – thanks for being there – 73’s for now de N7LYE … _._   

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