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EDCARC ARES Marshall Medical Center exercise

The Marshall Medical Center (MMC) Emergency Management office is planning for an exercise which will also include the participation of the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club (EDCARC)'s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members.

This event will provide EDCARC ARES members an opportunity to exercise alongside one of our community members, as well as demonstrate the viability of multiple modes of communication. 

This will be a simulated 3-day winter-weather related response event (covered in an actual 6-hour period), involving the full activation of MMC's Emergency Operations Center (EOC), multiple main campus departments, as well as several multiple MMC off-site facilities/locations.

Several facets of MMC's Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) will be exercised, including:

  • several modes of communication such as voice, data, local radios, and several modes of HAM-based communications
  • UHF/VHF voice and data/packet communications via WINLINK to one or more off-site locations. 

Our hope is to establish a minimum of three sites where ARES teams will be in operation; one at the EOC located at the main MMC facility, the second at Union Mine HS (a simulated shelter location), and the third at the Georgetown Divide Wellness Center (an active MMC facility).

More details of this event will be shared with EDCARC ARES members on the club's mail reflector. 

Marshall Medical Center Emergency Exercise - Jan 31 2023