From The Desk Of Gil KC2WCB
I would like to thank Joe and the others for the fast response to the car accident I had last morning Monday.
Suffolk County Police took only 7 minutes response then 2 minutes later 2 more patrol cars and an ambulance. By the time of the accident I was with breathing problems due to the either hit to the steer wheel or seat belt, I also slammed my head to the drivers door. Once I was inside the ambulance I had a EKG, then I was transported to Brookhaven ER. Now I’m resting at home and really proud of all of you guys.
Act Team works!!!!!! But the sad part of the story is how did We test the team! Vinny went to the ER to check on me. I’ll be back on track pretty soon, my truck is out of commission at this point; but the pick up truck is up and running!!!! If We need it. Thanks again to all and 73’s.Please I’m sorry for any grammar mistake.
1/26 11:05 AM – Our Team responded to an MVA On William Floyd Parkway. W2OFD dispatched the call to the First Responders. One of our Team members was dispatched to the scene for photographs and to check on the status of the victims.
1/26 To 1/27 – Our Team held an informal weather net from approximately 12PM Monday until 3PM Tuesday. Since Brookhaven ARES and the ACT Team are guests on the W2DQ repeater systems, at 20:30 hours the Team stood down for the 10 minute Brookhaven Town ARES net.
Thanks for the detailed explanation. It reminds me of the REACT (Radio Emergency Action Civics team) from the 1970’s. I was in the group in Nassau County when I was a teen. It predated cellphones was an “eyes and ears” organization.
My Response To Joe: (slightly enhanced and corrected) Yes I remember react. It was another very active group way ahead of its time. Out here in Suffolk it was very busy and paticipated many events.
I spent many years in Brookhaven ARES/RACES. Spent many hours shadowing shelter managers, using the .82 repeater to help with coordination during the Suffolk County wildfires and Hurricane Gloria, attended special events and rebuilt equipment in EOC.
Recently, I asked to be removed from Brookhaven ARES because I don’t care for the current politics. From what I understand, those in charge of Town communications basically ignore ARES. As I understand from a reliable source, Brookhaven ARES is not activated because paid Town employees cover communications.
Self activation gets the job done…
Yesterday I sent out our list of emergency phone numbers to the BNLARC Radio Club via the BNL Reflector. I did receive one response from Joe AC2ND. Joe thanked the Team for the list of emergency numbers and gave our ACT Site a Thumbs Up.
Joe’s comment was: I am not sure how this differs in mission from ARES.
I sent a reply to Joe and thought I’d share it with our Team:
Please read the about page to find out more about ACT.
We are self activated and do not need to be called out by any Federal State County or local Agency which is the primary difference.
Our group is made up of Fire EMS retired sheriffs and others who basically take care of many issues in the community south of the LIE.
For example today we handled an MVA and called it into police dispatch and then dispatched a group member to the scene to take a photograph and check on the status of the individuals.
We don’t do emergency communications per-se because we leave that up to the police fire and EMS individuals who are the real first responders.
We handle missing persons, damage assessment caused by man-made and natural disasters. We also check on seniors and take care of other individuals that may need our assistance.
We also have been monitoring Radio and scanner frequencies all day and will all night and also tomorrow due to the inclement weather.
ACT is relatively new but we have ham friends in Indianapolis and they are starting a second chapter there.
As you might imagine ARES RACES organizations in Indianapolis are huge and well-funded have amazing amounts of equipment and work tightly with the government and police and other organizations there.
So we are hopeful that the second chapter of ACT will spring to life and ideas can be shared between the ACT groups.
Joe has decided to hold a quick check-in weekly followed by a round table discussion every Thursday evening at 20:00 hours on the W2DQ 2 meter repeater system.
Note that every 4th Net will be a full discussion net. The next full discussion net will be held on Thursday February 19th at 20:00 hours.
As a reminder, if the 2 Meter W2DQ repeater is in use please QSY to the W2DQ 70cm repeater.