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.


The Next Centralia ARES Project?

AK1NS ARES Response Trailer

Remember the training session when I introduced you to Dave Akins, AK1NS from Nassau County ARES in New York?   Remember his ARES response trailer we looked at on his website?

While not quite as fancy (yet) as Dave’s trailer, team member Jim Nodell has offered a “diamond in the ruff” as a project.  A few hurdles to jump over yet but expect to see and hear more about this in the near future!

Centralia ARES Emergency Response Trailer?