RAC Bulletin 2011-008E – Development of A Canadian Field Organization
April 2, 2011
In RAC Bulletin 2010-032 – Vision Statement 2010-11-14, RAC committed itself to the “education and elmering of new Hams”, and supporting “the training and coaching of RAC volunteers to achieve exemplary results, at the municipal, provincial and national levels.” The new RAC Field Training program is the recognized tool leveraged by our ARES groups.
On December 9, 2010, Vice President Field Services with the support of the Section Managers formed a “Vice President Field Services Council”. The Council made the commitment to develop a Canadian “Field Organization”. A major part of the new Field Organization will be the existing Field Service, which is key to providing services to the public and the Amateur Radio community. It will also incorporate new functions to better represent our interests to governments at the provincial and municipal levels, provide a strengthened public relations capability, expand the Affiliated Club program with a view to improving the input of Canadian Amateurs with respect to RAC policy development, and bring focus to promoting technical developments. On 24 March, 2011 the RAC Board unanimously approved implementation.
It is envisaged that each Section will form a similar council to oversee development of the Field Organization concept, taking into consideration its unique relationship with provincial governments, geography, relationships with existing regional associations, and the requirements of the individual clubs.
At its second meeting held on 13 January, 2011, the Council approved in principle an ARES Training Management System with the following six objectives:
Create a just-in-time training programme that delivers task-related skills and knowledge needed by the radio operator or team leader on the first day in a new assignment;
Develop the radio operator’s abilities through a structured programme of practical training under the supervision of a mentor;
Standardize qualifications through a family of control documents that identify job tasks, skills and knowledge, to specified standards, and supplies trainers with prepared course materials;
Promote ARES and NTS interoperability with emergency management authorities by embracing the Incident Management/Command System philosophy and exploiting provincially approved IMS/ICS courseware and certifications whenever possible;
Institute training quality control and continuous improvement mechanisms; and,
Incorporate a professional development approach designed to groom the leaders of tomorrow.
The Council, through a working group, is developing an updated mission statement for the ARES. A second working group under the chair of the Ontario Section Manager has begun development of a “Specification”, the foundation document in a training management system. While the focus is initially on modernizing the ARES in order to stay in step with rapidly developing national and provincial emergency management initiatives, ultimately this document will be expanded to include all roles within the RAC Field Organization.
The President and Vice President of Field Services extend an open invitation to all Amateurs with expertise in any aspect of developing the Field Organization to make contact with their Section Manager. Contact information can be found at http://rac.ca/en/rac/public-service/section-managers/
Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW
President, Radio Amateurs of/du Canada