Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Center Opens
As summited to:
North County Times, Photos: W6VR
The center will also allow the fire
district to communicate with the Community Emergency Response Teams
that respond to emergencies in Fallbrook, Bonsall and Rainbow, and
serves as backup for the Red Cross and Fallbrook Hospital
---- The Dewey Emergency Communications Center, the base for amateur
radio operators who provide communications help during an emergency,
opened Saturday in Fallbrook, authorities said.
opened Saturday at Roy Noon Hall, within the Emergency Operations
Center for the North County Fire Protection District, said Randy
Jones, a Fallbrook radio operator and Fallbrook emergency coordinator
for the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.
the Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club, the center will organize more than
30 available operators in emergencies, such as fires and earthquakes,
dispatching them to relay activity in locations throughout the city.
“Bigs” Parker (KG6GIU), Randy Jones (KD6UAK),
and Ron Patten (KG6HSQ)
"If we hear about an emergency in
Fallbrook, we'll have (operators) in all schools, the hospital and
the senior center," Jones said. "There will be
communication established between the hospital (and other hospitals),
in case communications at the hospital go down."
for the center was born after the Gavilan fire in 2002, when amateur
radio operators dispatched information from the field to firefighters
in the early stages of the blaze.
information to the fire department, as the eyes and ears where they
didn't have it at the time," Jones said.
mentored many individuals in obtaining their Ham Radio licenses,
organized an extra-curricular Ham Club at Fallbrook High School and
established a weekly radio "net" (on-the-air practice
meetings) to serve Fallbrook and vicinity in the event of an actual
Wayne (WD6AHX) and Bill Dewey
Dewey Emergency Communications Center is named after Bill Dewey,
pictured, who passed away November 24, 2002.
Dewey was a dedicated and well respected Amateur Radio operator in
After serving as a pilot for American Airlines
for 34 years - and finally as the Chief Pilot for American in San
Diego - he devoted himself to Amateur Radio activities.
Mr. Dewey was the Radio Emergency Coordinator during
the De Luz Floods in 1993 and the Fallbrook/Gavilan fire in 2002.