Amateur Radio Emergency Service in Fillmore County
Fillmore County ARES is part of the national ARRL ARES organization and is one of the 11 counties in the Southeast District of Minnesota ARES. We can provide communication support during real and simulated emergency events in Fillmore county and throughout southeast Minnesota. Fillmore ARES can provide emergency communications for VOAD, the American Red Cross, Channel One, local law enforcement and fire departments as well as the Fillmore County office of Emergency Management in times of disaster.
Jim Miller (KD0ORR) is the Fillmore county ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) and can be contacted at KD0ORR@arrl.net
Active ARES members are amateur radio operators who have completed an ARES Registration Form. To receive a registration form, contact Jim at KD0ORR@arrl.net. Participation is on a voluntary basis. Being part of ARES is a good way for amateur operators to serve our communities in times of need.
All active ARES members are encouraged to purchase an ARES vest. If you need a vest, please contact Jim at KD0ORR@arrl.net
Any Fillmore ARES member that is available to provide communications support when ARES is activated is requested to contact EC Jim Miller on the 147.015 PL110.9 repeater or at KD0ORR@arrl.net.
Please contact the following for additional Minnesota ARES emergency management information
- Skip Jackson, KSØJ, Minnesota Section Manager (SM)
- Daniel D. Anderson, KDØASX, Minnesota Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)
- Bill Osler, KØRGR, Minnesota Southeast District Emergency Coordinator (DEC).
- Bob Wiles, ABØBW, Minnesota District 1 Assistant Emergency Coordinator.
- Capt Mike Bromberg, KDØEOB, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Ops for Olmsted Cty
- Ken Jones, KD8HPX, Deputy Emergency Management Director for Rochester
ARES and related information links
Fillmore County ARES Frequency Lists and Grid Maps
Fillmore County ARES Radio Communications Plan:
- Fillmore County / MN ARES Frequencies (Starting Jan 1st, 2018): MN ARES HF/VHF/UHF Frequency Pools
- From Rochester RARC club : ARES VHF/UHF Frequency Template & HowTo with CHIRP
Emergency Management Grid Maps:
The following self-directed courses are available for free through FEMA.
ARES members are encouraged to take them in order to get familiarized with the Incident Command System in use nationally.
- IS-100c Introduction to the Incident Command System: http://training.fema.gov/IS/courseOverview.aspx?code=IS-100.b
- IS-200c Basic Incident Command System: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is200.asp
- IS-700b National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/IS/is700.asp
- IS-800c National Response Plan (NRP), An Introduction: http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-800.b
MN ARES also recommends the following courses:
- EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communication http://www.arrl.org/online-course-catalog#
- CPR/AED and First Aid Training: Via Red Cross
Yearly SKYWARN training is also encouraged. Please attend at least every two years to stay current!