FRANKLIN COUNTY AUXILIARY COMMUNICATIONS CLUB (FCACC)
The Franklin County Auxiliary Communications Club (FCACC) helps to ensure amateur radio communication capabilities for FCEM&HS in the event of an emergency or disaster. The club also serves as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) organization for Franklin County. Each month, members meet to discuss emergency preparedness and emergency communications topics. Members train volunteers to become Net Control Operators as well as how to utilize agency radios and test the equipment to ensure functionality. The club generally meets on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-9:30pm in the Franklin County Assessment Center at FCEM&HS.
The FCACC maintains the station license W8THV for radio communication during major incidents and consists of organizations such as the Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the Central Ohio Severe Weather Network, the Central Ohio Traffic Network, and amateur licensed volunteers from the Community Emergency Response Team. These organizations coordinate with local repeater clubs and groups such as the Central Ohio Radio Club and the Central Ohio Digital Interconnect Group.
Members are licensed amateur radio operators and are highly encouraged to be a member of one of the participating amateur radio organizations. However, unaffiliated licensed radio volunteers are also invited to join. By encompassing the various amateur radio organizations, the FCACC helps ensure effective and efficient emergency communications through preparedness and planning. Monthly meetings also lead to enhanced coordination, collaboration, communication, cooperation, and deconfliction.
While the FCACC’s primary focus is on amateur radio capabilities, members can assist with traditional radio channels at the Warning Manager’s or the Duty Officer’s discretion. Members may also monitor social media at the request of the Public Information Officer or the Duty Officer.
If you are interested in joining FCACC, please contact Matt Hughes, FCACC President at firstname.lastname@example.org.