Amateur Radio operators who are interested in volunteering with Lane County ARES/RACES must initially pass an interview with the ARES/RACES leadership and present certificates of completion for NIMS ICS courses 100, 200, and 700. Links to study and take the exams for these courses can be found in the Links section of this site.
After completion of the interview and ICS courses a background check will be performed after which Lane County ARES/RACES membership will be complete. The new member will then have 18 months to complete the ARES/RACES Radio Operator certification task list. The Radio Operator certification task list has the member demonstrate basic radio skills such as programming frequencies, talking on nets and other operator skills. The Radio Operator Task List is available in the Documents section of the website.
After completion of the Radio Operator certification the ARES/RACES member will be required to participate in at least two training exercises per year. Training exercises include the Cascade Cream Puff, Waldo 100K, McKenzie River Trail Run, and either of the two state Simulated Emergency Tests.