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Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service


Dear Fellow Amateur Radio operator,

One of the prime uses of Amateur Radio is to provide a pool of emergency communications personnel that can be called upon in a time of need.

For many reasons, we need Amateur Radio operators who are willing to devote their time and abilities to aid our endeavors to fulfill this public service obligation.

RACES is sponsored by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration) a division of Homeland Security and is administrated by a local, county, or state civil

defense agency responsible for disaster services.  This civil defense agency is typically an emergency services or emergency management organization, sometimes

within another agency such as police or fire. Traditional RACES operations involve emergency message handling on Amateur Radio Service frequencies. These

operations typically involve messages between critical locations such as hospitals, emergency services, emergency shelters, and any other locations where communication is needed.

We are seeking licensed amateur radio operators who have an interest in helping the citizens of Van Buren County in a time of need and to help fulfill this public service obligation.

If interested and wish for more information about the RACES program contact Lt. Bob Kirk at 269-657-7786 or

Lt. Robert Kirk- Director

Office of Domestic Preparedness
Van Buren County Sheriff's Office
205 S. Kalamazoo St
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-657-7786
Fax: 269-657-7787


Walt Grech