TX Baptist Men, local ham operators train for disaster situations
Eagle Mountain Baptist Church was the location for introductory training for candidate disaster relief operatives as well as Disaster Relief Communications Specialty Training over the weekend.
A partnership between the Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief Team, the Parker County Baptist Association and the church made the training possible.
The training coincided with and leveraged the Amateur Radio Field Day, an annual on-the-air hosted by the American Radio Relay League, providing candidate disaster relief communicators with the opportunity to test their skills and increase their experience operating on the air.
The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club observed Field Day at Ash Creek Park in Azle.
The Field Day is an event involving upwards of 40,000 radio stations going on the air in simulated emergency and field expedient conditions, and testing their ability to make contact with each other.
The ability to communicate in long and short ranges during a disaster response can be crucial to life saving and relief efforts.
There are an estimated 765,000 amateur radio operators licensed in the United States, and the number of licensed operators has been growing steadily as Amateur Radio Communications continue to be recognized for effectiveness in disasters, and for the enjoyment of a high technology hobby.
The Texas Baptist Men, established in 1967, affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the Southern Baptist Convention, is a state wide organization of approximately 11,000 volunteer men and women, churches and church associations, all working together to provide ministries to men, and are well known for their highly effective and very active disaster relief teams.
For more information regarding local Southern Baptist Disaster Relief and training opportunities, contact John Thielepape, Director of Missions, for the Parker County Baptist Association, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.