BUT also please understand to be in a "Lead Position", we will ask you to have experience and some idea of the nature of how our local agencies put together command and response systems. Your understanding of how our local agencies function will help insure TARA's participation at a useful and reliable level!
This page will help you in understanding all that takes place when we are called upon to help with radio communications during an emergency situation in our area. If you decide to go a step further, this page will also provide you the links and information to become certified as an emergency response individual.
Our participation in the area bike rides as communication operators is well received and indeed well coordinated. But these events are more relaxed with the actual traffic we pass due to the nature of the event We are only working with the event organizers and passing their traffic as requested.
TARA has now become integrated into the Lake Tahoe community of service agencies. These organizations are professional in their response and everyday operations because they deal with life and death situations on a moments notice (police, fire, sheriff and medical). Because of this integration, we need to add some additional training to insure we do our part without stepping over our job position as "radio operators" and confusing the command operations.
As a TARA communicator, this is what we expect for your successful operation.
ICS was developed in the 1970's following a series of catastrophic fires in California's urban interface. Property damage ran into the millions, and many people died or were injured. The personnel assigned to determine the causes of these outcomes studied the case histories and discovered that response problems could rarely be attributed to lack of resources or failure of tactics. Surprisingly, studies found that response problems were far more likely to result from inadequate management than from any other single reason.
The ICS is a management system designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management by integrating a combination of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures, and communications operating within a common organizational structure, designed to enable effective and efficient domestic incident management. A basic premise of ICS is that it is widely applicable. It is used to organize both near-term and long-term field-level operations for a broad spectrum of emergencies, from small to complex incidents, both natural and manmade. ICS is used by all levels of government—Federal, State, local, and tribal—as well as by many private-sector and nongovernmental organizations. ICS is also applicable across disciplines. It is normally structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: command, operations, planning, logistics, and finance and administration.
The Incident Command System:
..Is a standardized management tool for meeting the demands of small or large emergency or nonemergency situations.
..Represents "best practices" and has become the standard for emergency management across the country.
..May be used for planned events, natural disasters, and acts of terrorism.
..Is a key feature of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Frequency Mode Location Coverage Notes 147.240 Repeater(+) East Peak Lake Tahoe - Gardnerville - Carson (requires PL of 123Hz) 146.850 Repeater(-) Angels Roost Lake Tahoe, Truckee - some Gardnerville and Carson (requires PL of 123Hz) 145.350**Repeater(+) S. Lake Tahoe Link to American River Canyon - **Freq change May 2011 Odd Offset Your radio needs to transmit on 146.205Mhz Placerville, American River Canyon and Sacramento (requires PL of 123Hz) 145.150 Repeater(-) S. Lake Tahoe Link to Sacramento and parts of Bay Area (requires PL of 123Hz) 147.150 Repeater(+) S. Lake Tahoe and Reno - Carson - Gardnerville (requires PL of 123Hz) 146.550 Simplex Coverage depends on power and location of your station