The training matrix levels below is an explanation of the duties.  Click on a level or use the navigation menu to the left to see the requirements to reach each level. All members of Sacramento County ARES will be expected to complete and keep up with the continued eligibility requirements. The effective date will be listed under the full description of each level.  Any questions please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

These Levels are:

Level Description
Basic Membership This level is for those members who only wish to participate in public service events such as Eppie's Great Race or similar functions. All members will be required to meet specific training requirements.
Disaster Deployment Core Training Disaster Deployment Core Training - This training block serves as the foundation for all deployable operators, regardless of specialty.  The majority of these topics can be completed via computer at your leisure.  Two required classroom sessions will be presented at the monthly meetings in January and February, 2016.  Following the completion of the Disaster Deployment Core Training, a member may choose a specialty under which they will be qualified as a Mutual Aid Communicator (MAC).  All MAC specialties require the completion of the Field Communicator qualification.  If desired, afterwards a member may also choose a secondary (or more) specialty such as Shadow Communicator, Net Control Operator (Deployable), Packet Communicator, or HF (Voice) Communicator.
Net Control operator - Type III - Non Deployable This level is for those who wish to be able to serve during a disaster or together emergency but feel they would be unable to physically deploy to an uncontrolled location.  Typical assignments might include being a net control operator for resource nets, command nets, public service events, or weekly (Monday night) nets.  The location of net control would typically be from one's home, County OES, or a controlled location at a public service event.
Net Control Operator - Type III - Deployable This is effectively the same position as the non-deployable net operator, but could also operate from field Command Posts, Shelters, Staging Areas, and provide tactical net control at unsecured locations.
Field Communicator - Type III This is the first of the qualifications in which members may choose to specialize.  It also serves as a building block for some of the other specialties, as every deployable operator must be able to function as a field communicator.  Typical assignments might include being a CERT team communicator, a Medical Reserve Corps communicator, being assigned to checkpoints, shelters, or serving to relay information about crowds or other intelligence to a command post.
Shadow Communicator - Type III This specialty would typically be assigned to provide communications support to event organizers, local public safety personnel (police or fire), or potentially public officials.
Packet Communicator - Type III This specialty would include providing packet communications in command posts, County EOC, base camps, and staging areas.
HF (Voice) Communicator This specialty would be required to provide intra and inter-county communications in the event that repeaters and hard line systems are not available.  Typical usage might include providing field reports to a Command Post or EOC, communicating between City and County EOCs, or making contact with other Counties or State agencies.
DSW (Disaster Service Worker) ID card Qualifications Any member who does not meet these initial and subsequent on-going qualifications will be issued, or permitted to retain, a County OES DSW ID card.
EC (Emergency Coordinator) & AEC (Assistant Emergency Coordinator Training Training intended to provide ongoing staff development and provide a path for members who may be interested in progressing to an EC or AEC position.