|The Eastern Mass Amateur Radio Group||ECT Communications Team|
The EMARG Communications Team is a public service organization comprised of private amateur radio operators serving our communities with radio communications. Members purchase and maintain our own radio equipment and are dedicating to improving our communities by providing voluntary, two-way communications.
For many years, our volunteers have been "on scene" providing critical communications and radio monitoring services. Our dedicated members work to "assist in and improve" our local communities. We donate our time, equipment, knowledge and energy working an untold number of hours across a wide range of public service events.
The EMARG Communications Team was founded in 2007 and is a member organization of EMARG. a Premier Amateur Radio Testing group. We partner with several other organizations and Amateur Radio clubs to augment our organization with highly trained licensed Amateur Radio operators to achieve our goals. All members of the EMARG Communication Team are certified in basic First Aid, CPR and AED. Our medical leads are all licensed EMT's and Paramedics. To aid in our colaboration with first responders, all our members are trained and well versed in ICS, and many of our members are red cross shelter trained and local CERT members.
Many of the events we support are road races, biathlons and triathlons. To maximise our human resources, we provide what we call mobile-SAG (Support and Gear) where we have our members drive along the route with their own marked vehicles equipped with street legal caution lighting. We utilize local area Amateur Radio repeaters to provide information to and from the event coordinators. We are also able to assist event participants who are experiencing problems by providing First Aid or transportation back to the event staging areas. In the event of a serious injury, we are able to notify first responders and stay with the participant until professional help arrives. For smaller events such as trail races, we are able to provide stationary SAG by positioning ourselves along the route and provide communications either through Amateur Radio repeaters or Amateur Radio Simplex, and when necessary provide First Aid through coordination with our medial leads.
One of our unique capabilities is that we can provide non-licensed service radios for event organizers and their staff allowing them to communicate with each other during their events. We utilize a mobile repeater to greatly extend the range of their hand held radios and provide them with a net control operator to bridge their communication with the ECT Amateur Radio Operators.
The mission of the EMARG Communications Team is to provide health and safety communication services for public and private events by organizing and training a unit of communicator’s capable of providing wireless communications during events.
Membership in the EMARG Communications Team is open to all licensed Amateur Radio operators or individuals willing to become a licensed Amateur Radio operator with a strong desire in providing community public service. Click the Join Us link for more information about becoming a part of our organization.