Adams County ARES (R1D1) at Aurora Repeater Association Hamfest on February 19, 2017

Our Public Information Officer (PIO), John Murphy, WN6OTL, was at the Aurora Repeater Association hamfest at the Adams County Fairgrounds on February 19, 2017 from 9 AM till 1 PM. We gave information out to people about the ARES program in general and about Adams County ARES (R1D1) specifically. We were joined by Arapahoe County ARES (R1D2) and lots of information was shared both to the attendees that stopped be our tables as well as between both teams. Jeff Lindhorst, KC0LDR, stopped by and visited with a few of the ‘fest goers. We talked to 3 people who were interested in ARES (both with Adams County and Arapahoe County). It was a good day for all at the Aurora Repeater Association 2017 Hamfest. Thanks to Wayne, N0POH and the entire ARA for allowing us to come.


Go Kits

A “Go Kit” is a container of some kind that you can easily take with you at a moment’s notice. It contains all of the supplies that you will need in order to be an effective emergency communicator when you are called out for an activation. This list contains suggestions for items that you might want to include in your “Go Kit.”
Radio Gear – Need to Have
• Driver’s License and copy of Amateur Radio license
• Handheld radio with extra batteries (2m & 70cm)
• Earphone or headset
• Spare power cables and fuses for all radios
• Portable gain antenna (2m & 70cm)
• 25 and 50 foot sections of coax cable with PL-259 connectors
• Repeater Directory and ARESDEC Frequency List
• Notebook for logging, paper, pens, pencils, erasers
• Copies of ARES/ICS standard forms
Radio Gear – Good to Have
• RF amplifier for hand-held radio
• Battery charger and spare battery packs for handheld radios
• Speaker/microphone for hand-held radio
• Mobile radio(s) with power cables/batteries (HF, 2m, 440…)
• Watt’s Up, Doc Wattson or Power Analyzer meter
• 12 volt power supply for mobile radios
• HF antenna tuner and SWR bridge
• Scanner with Public Service bands
• Packet radio equipment (TNC, terminal, printer, computer)
• Antenna equipment for all radios
• Nylon parachute cord for guys, flagging tape and stakes
• Egg or dog bone insulators
• 50 feet of nylon cord, fishing line, weights
• Nylon cable/zip ties of various lengths
• SMA to BNC and SMA to PL-259 adapters
• BNC-to-PL-259 adapters
• Double-male PL-259 adapters, double-female SO-239 adapters
• DC to AC inverter (need only a 65 watt unit to run a laptop computer)
• AC generator with fuel
• Extension cords, power strips, AC plug adapters
• Cigarette lighter plug adapters and alligator clips
• GPS receiver
• Volt-Ohm-Amp Meter
• Spare Anderson Powerpole connectors, pins and crimper
• Portable soldering iron and solder
• Tool kit
Personal Gear – Need to Have
• Clothing appropriate for the weather and conditions
• Orange or yellow safety vest
• Flashlight
• Maps and compass, pocket knife, whistle
• First aid kit, insect repellent, sun screen
• Sturdy boots, gloves, sunglasses, hat
• Drinking water (1 gal.) and food (one meal, two snacks)
• Personal medications for at least 24 hours
• Reliable transportation with a full tank of gas
Personal Gear – Good to Have
• Electrical & duct tape
• Money and change for pay phone
• Cardboard for signs, markers
• Lantern or portable area lighting with spare bulbs
• Transistor radio with spare batteries
• Automobile jumper cables and spare fuses
• Automobile jack, tire chains, flares, gas can, siphon pump
• Thermos, cup, bowl, utensils, matches, stove
• Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, razor, towel
• Toilet paper, small shovel, garbage bags
• Tent, sleeping bag, backpack, rain gear, tarp, space blanket
• Portable table and chair
• Watch or clock, binoculars
• Other personal comfort items
Make a list of the items that you want included in your “Go Kit” showing each item and its location. This will help you to quickly collect all of the important items that are not normally stored in the “Go Kit” container.

Adams County ARES Offering First Aid/CPR Training

Jan 14 -2017 8am-5 pm
Sponsored by
Adams County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
♦ Exceeds knowledge and skills found in most city first aid classes
♦Start your self-reliance medical path – a fine first time class
for city, wilderness, remote, foreign settings, or preparedness
♦Held at Adams County Sherriff sub station, commerce city
♦Skill Training for prevention, treatment, transport, and improvisational care
♦Earn Adult CPR and AED 2 year credential
♦ Learn to be your own Patient Advocate
♦ Start learning skills you need for when you’re on your own and it really counts.
♦ NO PREREQUISITES – Open to the public
♦Pay by Jan 1, 2017 and receive Bonus WMO Comprehensive wound closure kit
♦Class cost: $115 included tuition, materials & texts
♦ Class is taught by TK Young experienced Wilderness EMT and Wilderness Medicine
Academy’s only Master Fellow full time instructor, Carl Weil.
Credit card payment at
Call Terry Young 303-570-8086 for More Information
mail $115 Class check to: Carl Weil, Director, 2477 CO. RD.
132 Elizabeth, CO 80107 WMO Office (303)-688-5176
Wilderness First Responder ∙ 2017 January 24 [6 wks] Please Recycle
Distance Learning WFA 20hr or AWFA48hr ∙Anytime – Post or
Wilderness Advanced Life Support ∙ 2017 April 26-30 Pass Forward
“Thank you for teaching such a
great Wilderness class. I gained an
incredible amount of useful
knowledge for saving lives and the
class was really fun & enjoyable”-
Dan [engineer, youth leader 2014]

Operation Chemical Hazards and Other Stuff (CHAOS) Exercise

Operation Chemical Hazards and Other Stuff (CHAOS) Exercise

Region 1 District 1 ARES participated in the full scale exercise hosted by Adams County and City of Brighton.

On the morning of May 11th , 2016 at approximately 0800 hours, ADCOM911 receives reports of a train derailment, potentially affecting a chemical storage site at Agfinity, 124th and 85 (simulated location), resulting in an unknown number of injuries and release of an unknown substance.

Brighton Fire is dispatched to Adams County Fairgrounds (area for field play designated for Incident Command Post) and confirms train car having made impact with the chemical storage site. Upon initial size up, the chemical storage tank affected contains Anhydrous Ammonia and the contents of the train car is Liquid Petroleum Gasoline.

Current concerns will be any potential leaks and explosions. It is initially unclear what caused the accident.

Upon further investigation the storage site appears to be leaking Anhydrous Ammonia, creating a toxic plume traveling at 10 mph with winds from the west. There are several homes in both the City of Brighton and unincorporated Adams County directly to the east of the facility. Evacuation notifications are sent and unified command is established.

Fire and EMS will perform onsite triage of affected employees and incident casualties will be transferred to Plate Valley Medical Center for decontamination.

Adams County and Brighton EOCs will activate to support the evacuation and any incident related needs, a Joint Information Center (JIC), City of Brighton Call Center and remote shelter will be established in support of the incident.

R1D1 ARES was dispatched to five locations, the Adams County EOC, City of Brighton EOC, the Brighton Incident Command Vehicle, Thornton Shelter and the Platte Valley Hospital to provide a network of communications to all sites.

The exercise lasted from 8:00 AM till 11:30 AM. There were 23 Agencies involved and 3 jurisdictions. While it was not perfect the knowledge gained and relationships built made it a great success.