The Volunteer Executive Staff Members act as liaisons on behalf of the EMA Director between the EMA volunteers and the Full-time staff. The Volunteer Executive Staff also assist with the planning and training of volunteers for the organizations needs.
EMA communications is split between the following two groups:
Telecommunications provides trained volunteer operators for public safety radio communications, as well as telephone and messengers for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the Mobile Command Post. The EOC radio room has been equipped with three state of the art electronic communications consoles, a computer aided dispatch workstation, and four call taker positions.
RACES are a group of trained Amateur Radio operators who volunteer time and resources to assist our community during times of disaster or other communications emergencies. We also provide communication support for public events and non-profit organizations. While we primarily service McHenry County, we coordinate our efforts with other Illinois counties, the state and ultimately federal organizations. We conduct weekly radio nets and periodic training drills to insure that our level of preparedness continues to improve. www.mcraces.org
The Support Division assists with maintaining vehicles, communications equipment, and the Emergency Operations Center in a readiness state. Support assists with all of the EMA divisions.
This division assists with the coordination and preplanning of sheltering within the county and the resources needed to provide support.
Rehab Support members provide an area for first response personnel to come, rest, and get away from outside distractions, provide food and fluid replenishment, and receive medical evaluations. During severe weather situations, Rehab will make provisions to protect response personnel from the elements. Volunteers from EMA, the Medical Reserve Corp and Richmond CERT work together to assist emergency agencies through out the county.
Search & Rescue
The Ground Search and Rescue (GSAR) Team was formed in the fall of 2003 by the EMA volunteers who are dedicated in assisting the communities and county with ground search and rescue. The team is comprised of volunteers all with a wide range of abilities and expertise. All GSAR members are trained in crime scene preservation procedures, ground search and rescue techniques, first aid, CPR, helicopter operations and search management techniques.
Changing the way we communicate.
Weather Operations consists of a group of volunteers trained for severe weather observation, who report conditions to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) at the McHenry County Government Center.