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THE REACT MONITOR
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF FLAGLER COUNTY ASSIST TEAM 4800 VOL.
97 - 4 FALL 1997
"CB 9 MONITORED IN FLAGLER COUNTY"
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 one.

FCA REACT RESPONDS TO SEARCH REQUEST
Later that 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 4800.

FCA ATTENDS SUCCESSFUL STATE COUNCIL MEETING
REACT 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 COUNTY
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 years.

Watch out Team, YOU might be next!!!! Want to nominate someone,
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 IN DRILL
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 Emergency Management.
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 the area.
REACT 27 Kelly Rolleston - Daughter of REACT 20 & 21, FPC Student.

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:

President                     Vice President                       Financial Officer

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
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Meadows/4810. (This is case sensitive)

THANKS TO:
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 4800!!

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.

NEXT FUNCTION
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.

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  Flagler County Assist REACT Team 4800
  P.O. Box 353021
  Palm Coast Fl 32135



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