Radio communication is the use of UHF and VHF radios and equipment during training, events and incidents. It is an essential tool for search and rescue operations, as it allows the coordination and communication of different teams and agencies involved in the rescue mission which, depending on the situation, could mean the difference between life and death. Radio communications can also provide vital information about the weather, terrain, hazards, and status of the search and rescue objectives.
Some of the responsibilities for a member running radio communications during training, events and any incidents are:
To operate and maintain the radio equipment and systems used, which includes portable radios, mobile radios, base stations, antennas and cabling.
Ensuring that the radios are properly programmed with the appropriate frequencies and batteries are charged at all times.
To train other members in the proper use and troubleshooting of the radios while in the field.
To stay up-to-date and follow the radio protocols and procedures established by the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department and the Pierce County Search and Rescue Board of Directors.
To report any radio malfunctions, or damage to the Board of Directors or the appropriate authority (Training Coordinator, Operations Leader, etc.) at the time of the issue.