|For Immediate Release
SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST IS
HUGE SUCCESS; PUBLIC PARTICIPATED
MOBILIZATION, COOPERATION AND READINESS
ARE PARTNERS AS LOCAL REACT TEAM 4252 TEST RADIO CAPABILITIES AND MEMBER
SKILLS IN "MOCK" EMERGENCY DRILL
Southern California, August 25,
Crest Communications today held
its simulated “mock" emergency throughout the Southland from 09:00 to
teams and amateur radio operators joined forces to support Crest
Communications during it's Simulated
Test (SET2001) conducted earlier today.
The drill started promptly at 09:00 hours after "Net Control" (Crest
25/Ed) for the exercise had notified Corona Police Department and other
local agencies regarding the planned communications exercise. At
08:45 hours, Crest 94/Wayne reported in from the Emergency Operations
Center (EOC) to indicate the team's special e-mail address for the
exercise was activated.
After the official announcement of the emergency by Net Control, members
of Team Crest began checking in. Additional units from Santiago
Communications Communications Team, Yucaipa Amateur Radio Club, Industry Hills
and Riverside County Communications teams and KB6JAG, an amateur radio operator
from Hemet, also contacted during the exercise by radio or e-mail and
Telephone contact was made to Net Control shortly before 09:00 hours to
report a train had derailed in the canyon near Featherly Park, just off
the 91 Freeway near the 241.
Shortly after announcing the emergency, a radio operator reported
a "cloud of smoke coming from the canyon area."
Throughout the next two hours, various radio operators and
e-mails received by the Emergency Operations Centers reported wind
direction, notifications to law enforcement and emergency services
agencies, traffic conditions and other status reports.
Rules of Engagement:
All transmissions related to the simulation were specifically identified
as a "test" by Net Control. Throughout the simulation,
announcements were made for any genuine "emergency" traffic to have
immediate priority. Any request, however, would immediately
dictate all participating radio operators to suspend operations until
the emergency was finished. Fortunately, none occurred.
Special attention was given to radio discipline, proper radio procedures
and coordination of resources. A full range of communications
options was deployed during the "test" scenario, to include GMRS,
Amateur and FRS radios. Cellular phones, electronic mail and other
team resources were available and proved invaluable during the 2-hour
period. The results will now be analyzed and evaluated to develop
future training materials and additional testing scenarios for future
use by the team.
The Public Participated
or Simulated Emergency Test,
featured a special e-mail account that was activated by the team during
Team members broadcast selected messages received from the
public during the drill over their radios.
E-mail messages reported additional teams on "standby deployment
mode" and contact numbers for notifications regarding river
contamination due to the train derailment scenario.
Also known as Crest Communications Team #4252, the all-volunteer group is
affiliated with Communications International, Suitland, MD.
Since 1962, Communications has been "on scene" at various locations
throughout the world.
It is an international organization of radio operators, who join
local teams because they "love radios" and are "dedicated to public
service using two-way radio communications."
About Communications International
was founded in 1962 and is the recipient of The President's Volunteer
Action Award. With headquarters in Suitland, Maryland
(U.S.A.), member are dedicated to improving their neighborhoods and
believe in public service through voluntary two-way radio
communications. Although first use involved CB radio, which still
exists, most teams now also use GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service).
There is an extensive network of GMRS repeaters throughout the country.
In a typical year members may monitor CB, GMRS, Amateur, VHF and Marine
frequencies over 3 million total hours. Approximately 170,000
calls will be taken and 39 million dollars will be saved by taxpayers
because of this volunteer work.
About Crest Communications
Crest Communications, Team #4252 is one of the largest Communications teams in
the country, has provided communications in southern California since
1978. While many members also have their amateur radio licenses,
the team uses GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service) as their primary
communications tool. Members purchase and maintain their own
equipment, and volunteer their time to promote public safety, maintain
their radio operator skills, and provide communications services during
The team has established a repeater network for their communication's
activities. Using licenses issued by the Federal Communications
Commission, this resource is shared with other Communications teams and to Communications
members visiting southern California. Contact Crest via
(auto-reply will send info directly to you via email) or the team's web
For More Information, Contact:
Communications International, Inc.
5210 Auth Road - Suite 403
Suitland, MD 20746-4330
Telephone: (301) 316-2900
Fax: (301) 316-2903
Crest Communications Team #4252
P.O. Box 395, Corona, CA 91718
Membership Auto-Reply InfoBox:
Team E-mail Address:
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