Members’ Procedural Guide
Modifications and/or updates to this RACES Procedural Guide will be brought before the Executive Staff for review and approval. The Executive Staff consists of the RACES Chief Officer, Deputy Chief West, Deputy Chief East, Deputy Chief Administration, Training Officer and RACES Public Information Officer.
Any proposed change to the manual will be presented to the Executive Staff for review. The Executive Staff may choose to accept the change, reject the change, require modification or take no action. Any change to the manual requires a majority vote. There must be at least four members of the executive staff present in order for a vote to take place. Approved modifications will be presented to Riverside County Fire Dept Office of Emergency Services (OES) for final approval. OES retains final approval authority for all changes in the manual.
The primary mission of The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) during an emergency and/or disaster is to provide communication services that include the use of portable stations, either as a back up to established communications, or as a fill-in where communications do not normally exist.
RACES may be activated at the request of any governmental agency in the event of an emergency or disaster, with coordination by OES. An example of a governmental agency may include any City, County agency or Special District (e.g. Water District, School District, Community Service Districts) within Riverside County.
RACES works with and provides, as requested, communications services for non-governmental organizations, such as the American Red Cross, Riverside County Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (RCVOAD) and other local groups. RACES is available to be of service in various capacities in time of emergency or disaster.
RACES in Riverside County may encompass ARES members (American Radio Relay League Amateur Radio Emergency Services). Provided they are a registered Volunteer Disaster Service Worker. Riverside County RACES is the communications arm of the Riverside County Fire Department/CDF, Office of Emergency Services and the Emergency Command Center.