Amateur Radio Emergency Preparedness Drill Pix
Aiken area amateurs came together in the spring of 1998 with participation in an
Aiken County emergency preparedness drill that combined the forces of
area Fire Departments, Emergency Medical personnel, officials from
the Savannah River Site and Aiken County and amateur radio operators
from around the county.
The scenario was this: a van, carrying radioactive material, collided with
a train and the contents of the van were spread to the area. Personnel injuries
and a fire were to be dealt with.
Amateur radio operators impressed all involved with their capability to pass
information in a crisis situation. The skill and professionalism exhibited were
talked about highly. The drill was an overwhelming success!
And in the Fall...
Another drill with participation from area amateurs. This time in Wagoner with
a simulated tornado touchdown, fires and general mayhem. A data link via 2-meter
packet was established by AC4WW portable by the town fire station. The Aiken
County EOC Staff was very impressed with the ability to get real-time data back from
the incident scene.
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