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Request for Ham Radio Operators for July 4th Parade

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Request for Ham Radio operators to support the Alameda July 4th Parade.

 

The July 4th Parade Committee has again requested help from the Amateur Radio Operators in town to support the Parade. 

The City of Alameda / Alameda Police / Alameda Fire will be activating their Communications Command Center to provide contact between all functions of the Parade. This will cover most of the functions we have provided in the past plus ham radio interface with police, fire, and all city functions through a command center. This includes helping float participants find where they need to line up at the start of the parade, provide information about issues or problems that occur along the route, provide the location of the start and end of the parade and assist the Parade Chairperson with gathering information during the parade. We will not be transmitting the winners of the various parade categories this year, they want to try something different with laptops and texting.

The Committee has also requested the assistance of Radio operators and CERT volunteers in helping the Alameda Police Department and Police Volunteer members in minor traffic control, manning barriers at intersections to prevent vehicle traffic from getting on or through the parade route, and assisting with crowd control in terms of answering questions about the event and directing people to various venues.

 

These skills are important in a disaster when it is very important to know how to safely direct Emergency vehicles into an area and direct the general public away from the disaster. We also may be used in emergencies to help direct crowds of pedestrian traffic through an area and keep them out of hazardous areas.

If you are interested in helping out with this event please let us know as soon as possible. If you want to help out with the traffic portion along with radio duties, the APD traffic department will be providing a class on traffic control that you must attend.

The training date is scheduled for June 19th, 6:00p - 8:00p, at Leydecker Park on Bay Farm. This will be a Potluck-Training event. We will eat and socialize in a fun and casual way.

 

If you are unable to attend the Traffic training you can still function as a radio operator for this event, you just may not be assigned to a position that does traffic duties as well.

 

Your ARES vest, or CERT vest if you have one, is required when participating. If you are interested in helping with this event, please contact Jerry Juhala at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the radio portion, along with Veronica Hallam at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by phone at 510-337-2121 to sign up for the traffic control class

Thanks in advance for your continued volunteer support for the City of Alameda ARES Program. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

 

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