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Search Extended for Volunteer RACES Director Position


April 1, 2008


MEMA has extended the search for a new volunteer candidate to serve as the next Maine Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) Director. The new deadline for application is close of business on Friday, May 16, 2008.

This post has become available due to the retirement of long-time RACES Director Rod Scribner. Extending the search to May 16 will give potential applicants additional time to learn more about the position and submit their applications.

Although this is a volunteer position, the successful applicant will be an active team member who will provide emergency operations communication support. The RACES Director acts as the liaison between the State Emergency Operations Center and other entities to ensure an emergency communications links. He or she advises the MEMA Communications Manager on Amateur communications policies and procedures. The person selected will be asked to carry a pager and will have to be able to report to the State EOC in Augusta during emergencies.

The selected candidate must pass a criminal background check in order to be accepted.

Requirements for this volunteer position include:

  • At minimum, General Class amateur radio license, 2-3 years experience with ARES or RACES, knowledge of multiple bands of operation, packet, and APRS radio;
  • Familiarity with the RACES requirements in 47CFR97 (Part 97; 97.407);
  • Familiarity with the current requirements for ARES requirements as set forth by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and the ARRL Section Coordinator for the Maine Section;
  • Training in Incident Command and the National Incident Management System (this training will be provided to the successful candidate if he or she has not already taken it).

Applications will be accepted by mail or FAX on or before close of business on Friday, May 16, 2008. Applications will be reviewed and the top applicants will go before an interview board consisting of MEMA Communications Manager, outgoing RACES Director, ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator, and the Vice President of the County Directors Council.

Applications may be mailed or FAXed to:

Roy Jones (KB1PWJ)
Communications Manager
Maine Emergency Management Agency
72 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0072
FAX: 207-287-3178



Roy Jones
800-452-8735 / 624-4404


Last update: 07/20/10