Amateur Radio Communications Resource Typing
- The Communications Resource Functions (CRF) concept
The Communications Resource Function concept defines functions that Amateur Radio Operators normally perform at public service events or emergency communications incidents and catagorize these with a functional naming convention and a standard equipment list for each typical function. This effort would maximize the mutual aid function for EmCom amateur radio and for public service events amateur radio support. Over the course of many years and with several names the following documents present the current view for the CRF concept. There are many unique functions that amateur radio operators perform, but the CRF concept catagorizes the most common functions performed.
Today we find that a large number of our "supported" agencies are installing their own amateur radio equipment in unique radio rooms and in emergency vehicles. Some teams of amateur radio operators have pre built "Go-Kits" as well. In these cases we need a qualified amateur radio operator rather than than a fully equipped amateur. In these cases I would like to suggest that we use Communications Resource Operator (CRO) followed by the function designator. If we needed an operator for a CRF-B function we would order a CRO-B.
Public Service Event amateur radio coordinators and Ecom group leaders will also find this works for event, incident and mutual aid staffing and provides training in resource ordering and assignments.
A simple, easy to use guide for creating a resource standard for all Amateur Radio mutual aid and EmCom groups. 24/72 hour kits are not included in the CRF's since these may be unit specific and vary by regions.
- The Public Service, RACES, & ARES© and EmCom Communications Resource Functions Equipment Guide
This latest version has functions grouped as "Basic" and "Specialty" rather than Voice and Digital. One CRF's tag was changed. The CRF-DV has been changed to CRF-AV for Amateur Video. The intro paragraph and several miscelaneous wording changes have also been changed. A technical equipment discription change for the CRF-DH to clarify equipment for the various radio Email capabilities was added.
Between 2008 and 2009 a change from "Communications Resource Types" to "Communication Resource Functions" or CRF was initiated to better align with NIMS. This was due to the fact that NIMS calssifications use Type to describe a measure of minimum capability to perform that function (with a Type I implying a higher capability than a Type II). This change is in the naming and does not affect the communicator function descriptions and equipment lists for each. This aids in putting together Typed Response Individuals and Teams.
If your group uses the CRF function guide or a variant let us know We'll list your group so we can create a list for mutual aid support. Send your information to Public Service Group
Here are two power point presentations on Resource Typing for Amateur Radio. The first goes into detail about the Functions and the second discusses resource ordering. Both are pdf's.
- EmCom/RACES/ARES© Resource Teams - NIMS Format
Credentialling the Radio Amateur Communicator is probably the next most important task. This will prove to be a daunting task. Comments and suggestions on this effort is welcomed and appreciated.
** Naming convention...Some background.**
The development of Public Service Communicator Resource Types began as a way to associate radio amateurs volunteering for public service events to communications functions based on equipment the amateur possessed. In the early days (1996) we used the term "Modes" rather than "Types." The guide has currently been enhanced with details for digital equipment and their types (thanks to N5OOM). The basic equipment types used here matches up with the Dallas RACES/ARES groups use of the Staging Area intake card affectionally referred to as the "BLMRS" card (developed by AA5QX). For Collin County ARES it's the "T" card. There are reports of other amateur radio groups around the United States using this guide.
We hope you find this information useful with your public service events, RACES/ARES© and EmCom operations. Comments and questions may be sent to N5TIM.
Amature Radio Public Service Informaton - 8/15/2006Last updated 01.21.2013