Allegheny Co. – Public Service Update

We have received a request from Bethel Park to provide communications support for their Fourth of July Spectacular on JUNE 30 from 4:00 pm until the start of fireworks at 9:30 pm. The event is at Millennium Park near Cool Springs on Baptist Road.

Bob NU3Q will be net control. We need four operators with HTs. This will be a simplex event, no repeaters, no PL tones, just good-old simplex on 145.53 FM. If we get more than four volunteers, we can divide the time.
Please reply to if you are available.

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is July 14 and 15 in Schenley Park.
Contact Corky Bennett at (724) 217-5458 to volunteer.
If you like your cars loud and fast, this is your event.

The Westmoreland Air Show is July 28 and 29 at Arnold Palmer Regional Airport in Latrobe.
Contact Doc Sam to volunteer.
If you like your airplanes fast and loud and low, this is your event.

The ADA Tour de Cure is on September 15. This bicycle ride includes three courses. The longest route is 60 mile. Start/Finish is in South Side near the Hofbrauhaus. Sorry, but there are no operating positions available inside that facility. However, if you can play the accordion, they might make an exception.  We need six operators in mobile units positioned along the course. We need 6 operators with mobile rigs who can ride along in the various support vehicles. The good folks at Steel City have offered to operate a relay station for the event. This is a new event for Pittsburgh. It should be fun. If you like your tuba music low and loud, this is your event.

The Pittsburgh Great Race is September 30. NU3Q is coordinating the ham effort.
Contact Bob at to volunteer.

W3YJ activated the EOC amateur station for the PEMA exercise, Atlantic Fury, on May 8. Radio contact was established with officials in Harrisburg and northwest  Pennsylvania on 75 meters.

W3YJ and AB3ED participated in the Beaver Valley Power Plant Exercise at the Allegheny County EOC on June 12. We learned how to access and enter date in the Knowledge Center that is used by all agencies participating in a drill or actual event. Radio contacts were made with surrounding counties. Examiners from PEMA and Homeland Security spoke with Harry and I about amateur radio’s potential to provide communications to served agencies. We are planning to hold a training session at the EOC for all amateurs that have a RACES ID badge. More on this at a later date.

Nearly 100 operators provided communications support for the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Race For the Cure in May. Well done!

Most recently, approximately 16 operators worked at the Rachel Carson Trail Challenge this past Saturday. If you like your hikers wet and muddy, this is your event.

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Robert T. Timmins AB3ED
Allegheny County ARES Emergency Coordinator
500 Nantucket Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15236-4453

From FEMA:


FEMA is pleased to release two revised online NIMS courses during the week of 25 June:

IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
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. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), 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 NIMS training for all incident personnel.

The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.

Please 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. Previous versions of these revised courses will be archived upon release of the revised courses. This will include archiving the seven discipline-specific versions of ICS 100 for the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Workers, Healthcare/Hospitals, Higher Education, Law Enforcement, Public Works and Schools. The new ICS 100 includes discipline-specific content.

The new courses will be available through the EMI website Students will still have access to tests for the legacy versions of these courses (IS-100.b and IS-700.a) for 30 days after release of the new courses.

An additional twenty-eight NIMS curriculum courses are in final revisions for NIMS 2017 and will be released as they are completed and approved for release.

Thank you for your continued support. Together, we will continue to make the nation more resilient.”

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