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Started by rhranac, 05/26/2005 12:53PM
Posted 05/26/2005 12:53PM Opening Post
Hi Bill,
I belong to Colorado's D-24 ARES group (Douglas & Elbert counties). We have a generally good relationship with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office--one of our served agencies--plus the Salvation Army, among others. Politics do sometimes get in the way, but for the most part our assistance is well-received.

Perhaps a bigger issue is when a changing of the guard occurs--for instance, after a new sheriff is elected. We often have to start from scratch educating the new powers-that-be about who we are, what we do, our capabilities, and the nature of the relationship.

Ron (N0IVN)
Posted 05/27/2005 07:24AM #1
Has your group had a chance to do a "this is who we are and what we can do" training session for the town officials, dispatchers and others? Maybe a nice PowerPoint presentation, a few well-equipped vehicles in the parking lot, some pass-around-the-room examples of radios and such, examples of training the group's members go through (ICS, ARRL...), and the requisite free donuts & coffee would help out.