The schedule for the month of January was a little less active: 4 Monday Night EmComm Nets and 1 EmComm and Coffee, one EmComm Monthly Meeting and no public service events.
New Training Meeting Location
Hinds Hospice has gracefully offered their building for out training meetings. James Majors (K6JDM), one of our members and also on staff at Hinds Hospice, has offered the use of its facility located at 2490 West Shaw Ave. in Fresno.
We will have our first training meeting Wednesday February 15th at 19:00 hr. Please assemble at the entrance about 18:50 so we can be escorted up to the room we will be using. This is a secure building and we must be escorted.
The topic of the session has not been confirmed at this time but will be announced on the net and by email before the meeting.
Time to Check Your First Aid Kit
I was thinking that January was a great month to remind you all of the importance of having First Aid Kits in your home, cars and go kits. It is not necessary to purchase a commercial one you can put one together yourself. I have taken some information form the American Red Cross and it is as follows:
Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
A well-stocked first aid kit is a handy thing to have. To be prepared for emergencies:
- Keep a first aid kit in your home and in your car.
- Carry a first aid kit with you or know where you can find one.
- Find out the location of first aid kits where you work.
First aid kits come in many shapes and sizes. You can purchase one from the Red Cross Store or your local American Red Cross chapter. Your local drug store may sell them. You can also make your own. Some kits are designed for specific activities, such as hiking, camping or boating.
Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need:
- Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest.
- Check the kit regularly.
- Make sure the flashlight batteries work. (Flashlights available on the Red Cross Store)
- Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
- 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
- 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
- 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
- 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
- 5 antiseptic wipe packets
- 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
- 1 blanket (space blanket) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
- 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
- 1 instant cold compress
- 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
- 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
- 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
- 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
- 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches) [Available on the Red Cross Store]
- 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
- Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
- 2 triangular bandages
- First aid instruction booklet [Available on the Red Cross Store]
Public Service And Its Importance
As most of you have observed I really push the use of Public Service Events as training venues. There is a method for my madness. As an ARES EC and RACES Officer I need to know your proficiency as an operator. When ARES or RACES gets a request for assistance from a served agency, they want to know what our staff is capable of and what training they have completed. We have a database with the training courses where you have received a certificate (that is if you have summited them), but as of now, nothing showing your abilities as an operator. We are starting to log your participation with public service events as well as handling the Monday Night EmComm Nets.
Please consider helping with the Monday Night Nets or volunteer for some of the Public Service Events.
Public Service Calendar
Upcoming EMCOMM Events
- February 18, 2017 – Rotary Chocolate Run – Woodward Park
- March 5, 2017 – Sanger Blossom Trail 10K – Sanger, CA
- April 1, 2017 – California Classic Bicycle Ride
- April 29, 2017 – March of Dimes
- May 5, 2017 – Kirch Flat Bicycle Ride
- June 24, 2017 – Climb to Kaiser Bicycle Ride
- September 16, 2017 – Tour de Fresno Bicycle Ride
- October 14, 2017 – Bass Lake Double Century Bicycle Ride
If you are interested in the working any of the events please either go to the CARP website or contact me.
We are now posting events and meetings on the calendar as well as posting articles on the home page. Check us out at fcemcomm.org.
Net Control Staff Needed
We are looking for volunteers to take a turn as net control on Monday nights. This is not a difficult task. We will provide the preamble and net roster. This is a great way to enhance your skills running a net for emergency situations. If you are interested, please contact Gary (KI6OYW) at 559-269-1340 or email email@example.com
Don’t forget the Monday Night EmComm Net at 19:30 hr. on the 147.15 MHz Pl 141.3. We have some good information and camaraderie. On the third Friday of the month there is the EmComm & Coffee at YFC on Cedar south of Ashlan in Granite Park at 07:00hr. And last but not least the EmComm Meetings are held on the Fourth Thursday of month. Our next meeting will be February 23, 2017 at 1900 hr. at the Salvation Army Citadel at 1854 Fulton St., Fresno.
Best of 73’s
GLEN CAINE (N6HEW)
Fresno County RACES Officer
Fresno County ARES EC