The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)/Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group is composed of all volunteers. They provide communications capability for the City of Irving when requested. All of the volunteers are FCC licensed radio operators. All members belong to both RACES and ARES, which complement each other.
The majority of activations deal with a potential severe weather threat. The primary task is to identify the severe weather threat, communicate that threat and its location to our sponsoring agency, the Office of Emergency Management, and our supported agency, the National Weather Service, so a public warning can be given.
The following are requirements of Irving RACES members:
Must live or work in the City of Irving.
Attend a Skywarn school every two years.
Must complete IS 100, 200 and 700 training within three months of applying.