Two-way radio communication is a key part of our disaster preparedness and response plan.
To be able to talk to someone blocks or even miles away in real time when power is out and cellphones don’t work will save time, limit the need for runners to be sent blocks away, and possibly even lives.
It sounds simple: Push to talk, Release to listen.
But when it comes down to it, who are you talking to and what do you say?
This radio training will simulate passing radio traffic between teams in the field and the CERT Staging Area handling a Community Emergency Response Team response during a disaster.
We will utilize the LAFD CERT Zello Work Network to emulate a two-way radio on your smartphone.
This is a closed network where we create an account for you. You cannot use your personal account.
Please sign up at https://radio.ntp-la.org to request a LAFD CERT Zello Account.
We will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Feb 24th, using Zoom as a virtual classroom and review basic radio protocol and how to compose and send a radio message. This portion of the training is open to everyone.
At approximately 8:00pm we will break into groups with facilitators and your facilitator will give you a scenario verbally. You will need to take notes and compose a message to report back to the CERT Staging Area using the Zello app Push to Talk Radio.
You must have the Zello app installed on your phone AND an LAFDCERT Zello Account created for you to participate in this portion of the training.
Please make sure you are logged in and can see our other accounts and channels before Wednesday.
Don’t try to sign up last minute.