Field Day 2015 Approaching

Field Day LogoMark your calendars.  Plans are being finalized for this year’s Field Day event to be held in Borst Park once again.  We’ll have the two CPD command and control vehicles in place as well as our new ARES van, Comm II.  Our location will be shelter #1 near the lake and we will be putting together either five or six stations this year.

Plans being finalized at the Chehalis Valley Amateur Radio Society meeting on Wednesday.  Chuck Verdon, W5KAV will handle antenna placement again this year.  Linc has generously agreed to work the grill.  Loyann will be bringing her QRP / solar powered radio and we’re planning for a transmitter hunt again.

Dates for this years event are:  Friday, June 26th, 5pm-9pm (setup); Saturday, June 27th, 11am – midnight (operate); Sunday, June 28th (take down and clean up after 11am.

See you then!



5th Saturday Training Exercise May 30th

Centralia ARES will participate in the District 3 training exercise this Saturday from 10am – noon.  District 3 will use the five or so 5th Saturday training dates in the next year to practice and prepare for the 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise.

This Saturday you can participate by joining AEC’s Linc and Lyle at Riverside Fire Station #2, Harrison Avenue at 10am.  This drill will concentrate on testing Comm II’s VHF capability as well as testing HF communications with the Eastern Washington Regional Communication Centers.

Join the team and be ready when Cascadia Rising arrives.

Joint Riverside Fire, Centralia ARES and Airlift Northwest Training Exercise


Airlift Northwest Medical Helicopter

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Emergency Coordinator Bob Willey

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Centralia Amateur Radio Emergency Services Team

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Riverside Fire’s Command Vehicle and Aid Unit

One hour before our planned joint training exercise the weather closed in with extremely heavy rain, thunder and lightening. At the last minute we deployed against all odds and the weather cleared with just enough of a window to launch the aircraft. Twenty Riverside Fire personnel and twenty Centralia ARES volunteers participated. Riverside Fire (RFA) toned out to a simulated motor vehicle crash where all four occupants were ejected from the vehicle. After locating the victims, RFA stabilized the patients and transported to the emergency landing zone in Centralia.

Centralia ARES meanwhile, began setting up the emergency helicopter landing zone.  When RFA and Airlift Northwest arrived at the landing zone, the ARES team was ready and communicating with the helicopter pilot, talked them down to the LZ. Both teams got a chance to practice patient transfer into the helicopter and the helicopter crew spent almost an hour answering questions and giving us a close up view of the aircraft.

Centralia ARES was able to test the communications capabilities of our new Comm Vehicle, designated “Comm II” which worked flawlessly. Police Chief Bob Berg and Fire Chief Mike Kytta were also present and participated in the activities. It was an enjoyable and fun exercise. Here are a couple of photos taken by our team photographer, Teresa Haymaker.


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