Association of Emergency Radio Organizations in Minnesota

AERO CURRICULUM – AN INTRODUCTION

Currently, AERO Curriculum is just coming together. AERO 100 is available at your local club. AERO 101, 102 and 201 will be available in the next few months. This material was taken from a presentation about the AERO Curriculum and could still be updated and reorganized.

What is AERO?

  • AERO is the Association of Emergency Radio Organizations
  • AERO member groups must have an official affiliation with a government or nonprofit agency involved in emergency management.
  • Radio Clubs that are not recognized by an emergency jurisdiction or agency are not eligible.
  • Individual radio operators are not eligible for membership

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Association of Emergency Radio Organizations is to enhance the ability of volunteer emergency radio organizations to support emergency management and disaster response agencies with supplemental communications in times of disaster.

Focus

  • The focus of the AERO organization is communications support to our emergency management lead agencies during times of emergency or disaster.
  • AERO training will help the amateur radio operator to better their skills as they become more involved with an emergency amateur radio organization such as: ARES, RACES or Skywarn.

AERO COURSES

Courses - Field

  • AERO 100 – Basic Radio Operations AERO 101 – Introduction to Emergency Communications
  • AERO 102 – Advanced Emergency Communications
  • AERO 103 – Digital Communications**
  • AERO 111 – Communications for CERT’s
  • AERO 112 – Basic Communications for Adjunct Emergency Teams*

Courses – Net Control

  • AERO 201 – Introduction to Net Control
  • AERO 202 – Advanced Net Control Operations*

Courses – EOC/ICS

  • AERO 301 – Communications Supervisor *
  • AERO 302 – EOC Operations*

300 Level course candidates will have taken the Homeland Security AuxComm Course.
Target dates ** 2017
Target dates * 2017 ** 2018

AERO 100 Basic Radio Operations - Available Now through local clubs

Objectives

  • Identify radio features and controls
  • Use correct radio operating procedures
  • Proper radio ‘etiquette’
  • Procedural words and phonetics
  • Program frequencies and access tones
  • Understand simplex vs duplex (repeaters) modes

Content

  • Basic VHF/UHF radio anatomy
  • Basic operation of your radio
  • Choosing the correct frequencies
  • Programming common frequencies
  • Initiating and responding to calls

AERO 101 Introduction to Emergency Communications

Objectives

  • Understanding Proficiency Workbooks
  • Served Agencies – Who Works for Whom
  • Nets
  • Basic Net Operations
  • Basic Communications Skills
  • Review of the Incident Command System
  • Being prepared: Go Kits

Content

Proficiency Workbooks

  • What is EmComm? (Emergency Communications)
  • When We are Needed
  • How Amateur Radio Fits In What We Are Not
  • Emergency Communications vs Day-to-Day
  • Go Kits

AERO 102 Advanced Emergency Communications

Objectives from DHS RADO Certification

  • 15: Communicate information effectively to incident personnel
  • 16: Provide effective communications support during routine or non-emergency situations
  • 17: Provide effective communications support during emergency situations.
  • 18: Demonstrate familiarity with basic COMU (Communications Unit) functions capabilities
  • 19: Demonstrate proper application of communications policies and procedures
  • 20: Demonstrate proper use of communications equipment.

Content

  • Familiarity with ICS forms
  • Communicating information effectively to incident command
  • Providing effective communications support during routine and non-emergency situations
  • Providing effective communications support during emergency situations
  • Demonstrating familiarity with basic Communications Unit (COMU) functions capabilities
  • Demonstrating proper application of communications policies and procedures
  • Demonstrating proper use of communications equipment

AERO 201 Introduction to Net Control for the Amateur Radio Operator

Objectives

  • Understand how the net works for the field operators
  • Identify Communications Unit positions and how it fits into the ICS structure
  • Understand the role of the Net Control Station (NCS)
  • Understand how the NCS functions and how to manage it
  • Familiarity with the different types of nets (non-emergency and emergency)

Content

  • Review of Net Operations
  • Review of ICS
  • Net Control Operator
  • Duties/Responsibilities
  • Documentation
  • Net Control Operations
  • ICS
  • Handovers
  • Scripts, instructions to net, announcements
  • Challenges
  • Types on Nets

AERO CURRICULUM FOCUS

Course Content

  • Radio familiarization
  • Operations of communications equipment in non-emergency conditions
  • Club support and activities
  • Event support

Course Content

  • Operations of communications equipment in emergency conditions
  • Skywarn
  • Disaster operations
  • Support due to infrastructure failure
  • Radio operator functions
  • Working with a Net Control Station
  • Passing ‘traffic’ (message handling)
  • Using common ICS forms
  • Net control operations
  • Controlling net activities
  • Directing and logging all ‘traffic’
  • Documentation of all net activities

We Are Mobile

Trained Emergency Communications Operators are:

  • In the field with handhelds, mobiles and portable base stations
  • In a mobile communications vehicle
  • In a distant radio room
  • In an EOC