OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY
ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL.
97 - 4 FALL 1997
"CB 9 MONITORED IN FLAGLER
PLEASE MONITOR CB 9 AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.
DUES ARE DUE PLEASE RENEW!!
REACT PICNIC FUN FOR ALL
REACT 1, 3, 6, 12, 17,
20, 21, & 27, plus some friends and visitors had fun during the
Flagler County Assist REACT Picnic on 11/15/97. The Picnic was held at 2
PM in the community park in Palm Coast.
Thanks goes to Petra REACT 21
for organizing this event. REACT 20,27 & 21 put a lot of work into
this project. It was long overdue, and we are looking forward to the next
FCA REACT RESPONDS TO SEARCH REQUEST
same day, REACT was called upon to support the county Search & Rescue
Team (see below). Three hunters had become lost during the evening down in
the relay management area.
REACT members were called to staff the EOC,
and assist the SAR Team with communications, and perimeter support. As we
were arriving at the EOC, the search was called off, as the subjects were
found. The members of the county's SAR Team were very impressed with FCA's
quick response. The training that has been implemented by the Team has
paid off. Members were able to quickly respond, and were ready to help.
REACT 1, 3, 6, 12, 13, 14, 17, & 21 responded. REACT 20, 11, and 16
were on standby for communications, and to cover TAC 1.
NOTICE 1998 REACT DUES ARE BEING COLLECTED By REACT 3
We are currently collecting 1998 dues. Dues are $26.00 regular /
$24.00 for junior or each family member. Please support OUR Team.
The dues cycle is slowly being shifted to avoid the Christmas Crush
in December. Thank you again for your support of Team
FCA ATTENDS SUCCESSFUL STATE COUNCIL MEETING
1, 6, 20, & 21 attended the Florida Council of REACT Teams in
Melbourne. Space Coast REACT was the host and did an excellent job.
During the meeting, state elections were held. REACT 1 continues for
another term as State Council 2nd VP. REACT 6 is now State Council
Secretary. John Knott Orlando Metro - REACT 203 was elected President of
the State Council. John is very aggressive, and vowed to increase Teams,
and make the Council a working organization. The other officers elected
are 1st VP Eric Power from Space Coast, Treasurer Billie Volgenitz from
Daytona. Jerry Rowten from North Brevard stays on as Past President. Mike
Chuven has resigned the State Council, and is no longer a member of
Daytona REACT. There are currently 5 groups interested in REACT across the
state that may become Teams. These include Tarpon Springs, Wiliston,
Naples, Sarasota, and Atlantic Beach.
REACT 20 HAS A LARGE ASSORTMENT OF RADIOS
& SCANNERS FOR SALE
INCLUDED ARE CB MOBILES AND BASE
STATIONS & SCANNERS
PLEASE CALL HIM FOR INFO. HIS PRICES ARE
VERY HARD TO BEAT!
NEXT NOVEMBER STATE COUNCIL MEETING TO BE HELD IN FLAGLER
FCA will host the November REACT meeting if we can
find a hotel, and a good rate. REACT 20 is researching the different
hotels in the area to see if one will work for us.
The State Council
Meeting will be attended by Teams from all over the state.
===SPOLIGHT OF THE QUARTER===
The Officers of the Team have decided to spotlight a REACT member
each Newsletter for superb service. This time we recognize REACT
Base 16. REACT 16 has been with REACT since 1994, but has supported
us via radio since the 1980's. Base 16 puts in numerous hours on CB
9, and 19, and also has the only full GMRS Base in the Team. Base
16's monitoring has helped REACT's coverage through the
Watch out Team, YOU might be next!!!! Want to nominate
contact an Officer.
TAC 7 REPEATER BACK ON THE AIR
The 147.300 Mhz ham
radio repeater is back in operation. This repeater, owned by the county
has been off and on for some time. The repeater is located at the EOC, and
is shared by REACT hams, ARES, and the FPC Ham club. Autopatch is also
available to provide direct access to phone lines and to law enforcement,
and the NWS.
Members who are not hams can monitor the repeater with
their scanners to get severe weather warnings, and other info.
GET YOUR HAM RADIO TICKET
The next testing session
will be held on February 14th, 1998. This is the time to start to study
for your test. Amateur radio's role in REACT is increasing, and we need
more ham radio operators.
TOTAL FOR 1997 CALLS
November calls were
up, 44 calls received. December, 70 calls. TOTAL FOR 1997 685 calls.
We also had 67 operations of the Team, including all training, public
service and emergency response.
REACT CATCHES 'EM
REACT 6 returning home from work
on 12/16/97 at 0045hrs, reported a suspicious vehicle at the south gate of
Indian Trails School. Base 1 relayed to FCSO, and upon their arrival
caught 3 persons. They were all arrested. It is unknown exactly what for,
possibly vandalism. Good Call!
PLEASE RENEW - DUES ARE DUE TO REACT 3
REACT SUPPORTS FLAGLER COUNTY SEARCH AND RESCUE TEAM
REACT 1, 6, 8, 11, 12, 14,15,17, and 19 supported the
first Search & Rescue exercise. Over 45 persons were involved.
The exercise was scheduled to start at 1600hrs. REACT 17
activated the Team on a Level 1 at 1400hrs. The Incident Command Vehicle
was deployed much earlier than we had planned for so a quick increase to
Level 3 was initiated. Members staged at the K Mart shopping plaza to go
to the scene. Two Teams were dispatched, Team 1 headed for the ICV to
staff communications there. The other Team headed for the EOC.
Communications at this time were via CB and amateur radio. CB was used
to coordinate responding units, ham was used as a link between
coordinators. Both teams arrived at their respective locations and
established communications via EOC Ch 8.
At this time things got busy at the ICV, so all hands were requested to
respond from the EOC to the ICV location in Princess Place a park in the
northern end of the county. All were on scene at 1630hrs. Air One from
Volusia arrived and landed. The Salvation Army & Red Cross were also
present with their feeding canteens. The CB Base was set up, and several
members were assigned to entry control of the scene. The others assisted
in staffing the ICV.
a pre briefing was held at 1700hrs to explain how
the exercise would work, and who was going to do what. At 1800hrs, the
search exercise actually began. The live target had been out in the woods
since 1700hrs. He borrowed a pick up truck from one of the Mounted Posse
units, and drove off, parked and took off into the woods.
The mounted posse was first dispatched into the woods. Their mission,
was to located to lost subjects vehicle (the pickup truck). They quickly
located the vehicle, and returned to the ICV.
Then the ground teams
were sent out, with support from the mounted posse. They were going to
attempt to locate the missing subject. At this time it was dark out making
navigation even more difficult. REACT members in the ICV relayed
communications to all teams. The ground teams were on Mutual Aid Blue, and
the Posse was on All Points. The IC (Incident Commander) was on Ch 8.
REACT security units were on TAC 1 and Ch 8. This division of channels
made communications challenging. But using 2 - 3 channels at once is
something we are used to, such as ham/GMRS/CB etc. GMRS was used to stay
in touch with the live target.
During the drill a CB 9 call f a camper fire was picked up and worked
by REACT 8 & 6.
By 2400hrs the ground teams had located the subject. A debrief was
held, and some members camped out with the SAR Team. This was a successful
operation. The other groups involved were FC SAR Team, FCSO Mounted Posse,
Red Cross, Salvation Army, VCSO Air One, FC Fire Service, PC Fire Rescue,
FC EMS, FCSO, FBPD, Road & Bridge, Southeast Search & Rescue, and
The next exercise is going to be bigger, and
last longer. Look for announcements soon. Look also for some updated
training in SAR from REACT 17.
CALL THE NEWSLINE 446-4486 EXT 6911. # TO HANG UP. CALL TODAY.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS OF REACT TEAM 4800
REACT 8 David
Moore - FCSO Explorer, and Flagler Palm Coast Highschool Student.
REACT 18 Nick Bereda - From Valley Forge REACT. Recently moved into
REACT 27 Kelly Rolleston - Daughter of REACT 20 & 21,
NOTICE OF ELECTIONS
This most likely will be the
last newsletter before the Team elections. Our elections are set for the
March meeting. The following posts are up for election:
It you wish to run for Office please
contact an Officer.
+NEW REACT 24 HOURS NEWSLINE+
Sponsored by Eclipse Video Productions, and by REACT 17, this new
service will for REACT members. Use is simple:
1. Call 446-4486. You will hear the Eclipse Video Production
introduction. Dial ext. 6911.
2. After 6911, you will then hear
the REACT newsline.
3. After the news, hit # to end. It is
important to do this.
4. If you need to leave a message, wait
and do so after the beep. REACT 1 will be paged.
Once again, please use the # key to hang up. Just hanging up will
still set off R-1's pager.
This is for you the members, Please
make good use of this new service.
CHECK OUT UPDATES TO THE REACT WEB SITE
(This is case sensitive)
REACT 20 & 21 for the antenna and
connector for the Incident Command Vehicle.
REACT 8 for donating the
traffic vest, and rain jacket.
Everyone Else - for supporting Team
TAC 5 COMING TO EOC
REACT 20 is working to get the
TAC 5 frequency added to the EOC radio of 27.490Mhz. This old business
band frequency is not subject to skip like the regular CB channels. We are
licensed to use this frequency through a statewide license from Indian
River REACT. WPFN 881 is the call sign. You must use this call sign when
to sign on and off the frequency. Unit numbers and ten codes may be used.
This is another resource that we cane use to improve our communications.
March of Dimes Walk is scheduled for
March 28th at 0730hrs at the Harbor Side Inn. Check the newsline for
updates. The course will most likely be the same. We will be working again
to help provide communications and support for this detail.
Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800
Palm Coast Fl 32135