What we do
Many national organizations have formal agreements with ARES groups across North America. This is no surprise. They are aware that amateur radio operators are skilled communicators, with experience in creating networks. These so-called amateurs and associate members bring this expertise to ARES, and they do it in many ways.
Within two hours of the Swissair crash, the ARES members of Nova Scotia set up a 24-hour emergency operation at Peggy's Cove. Local ARES groups also mobilized during the Quebec ice storm and the Manitoba flooding.
It doesn't take an emergency to involve ARES. We also provide communication networks and coordination for local events. For example, ARES-CALGARY assists with Global Fest , Tour For Kids.and Strathmore Heritage Days.
ARES-CALGARY is in your neighbourhood. We respond to most two alarm fires, where we offer our assistance in many capacities. We have also been called upon to monitor rising water levels at strategic points on the Bow and Elbow rivers during times of possible flooding.
The ARES-Calgary group is always developing new skills. We are now trained as CANWARN weather spotters for Environment Canada.
How to join us
One of the biggest challenges ARES-CALGARY faces is the number of agencies that need communications support during a disaster. We currently have approximately 43 members. We try hard, but we always need more resources.
It is not difficult or expensive to join us. Every licensed amateur, 18 years or older, is eligible for full membership. Non-amateurs, 18 years or older, are eligible for associate membership. The main qualification is a sincere desire to serve.
Your membership dues provide uniformed members , liability insurance coverage, emergency training and education. Your support will also help us maintain the ARES mobile communication units.
All this for only $ 24.00 per year. For more information click here.
Our new project
We need financial sponsorship to outfit our second new mobile communications control centre project for 2007.
When completed, this unit will be able to respond much faster and, if necessary, tow our communications trailer.
If you can assist please contact Gerry Leach at (403) 285-5547.
We wish to express our appreciation to the Calgary Community Lottery Board for their grant, which enabled us to aquire this vehicle.
ARES-CALGARY offers support to:
City of Calgary
Calgary Police Services Emergency Medical Service
Canadian Red Cross
Calgary Airport Authority
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
MD of Rockyview
MD of Foothills
County of Wheatland
Town of Black Diamond
Canadian Pacific Railway
Emergency Preparedness Canada
Southern Region Search & Rescue
ARES can provide emergency communication for your organization when all normal communication systems are disabled due to storm damage or are being jammed by overuse.
ARES-CALGARY is a subsidiary of the Emergency Amateur Radio Society of Calgary, a non-profit society incorporated in Alberta.
Canadian Charitable Registration
Number 86797 0683 RR0001
"The Calgary section of ARES is one of the most active volunteer groups in emergency assistance in our city and outlying areas".
Ken Jones, Alberta Disaster Services
"No greater love does a person have than to give of their time in the line of public service!"
You could say it's our calling