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The Fortuna Police Department is fortunate to have many volunteers from throughout the community, including organizations which can be relied on when needed. One of these groups is the Redwood Amateur Radio Club's (RARC) Police Auxiliary Communications Net.

The group is made up of about a dozen licensed amateur radio operators available to assist the department and community during times of disaster or when needed to provide communications for special events such as searches, community events, etc.

Each member is a volunteer who is a member of the RARC, holds a current Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Operators License, and has passed a background check conducted by the department.

The group meets monthly on the first Wednesday of the month and holds radio check-ins weekly on the two-meter band. In addition members participate in unscheduled practice exercises with the department.

RARC members participate in a variety of community organizations, many which assist emergency response agencies. These include:

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which assists the Office of Emergency Services (OES) during times of declared disasters such as floods, earthquakes, etc; Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) which assists the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection performing firewatch and emergency communications duties; Simulated Emergency Test (SET) which participates in a simulated quarterly drill with OES, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department, Red Cross, and local hospitals to prepare for emergencies.

The club also assists in other events such as Tour of the Unknown Coast, Kinetic Sculpture Race, Clam Beach Run, etc.

For more information about the club you can contact Sergeant Jack Bernstein.

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