Queen Creek Emergency Communications Group
Background - Queen Creek Disaster Management and Response Plan
In 2009, the Town of Queen Creek sought to create a Disaster Response Plan. A Disaster Management Committee was formed and appointed by the Town Council.
This Committee formulated a plan that included the use of citizen communicators to provide communications support to the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), regional and district command centers, shelters, and field response teams.
Those communicators would be recruited citizens that were subsequently trained and licensed as ham radio operators. Additional training, provided by experienced ham radio operators, resulted in proficiency with emergency communications, known as EmComm.
The resulting collection of trained and licensed volunteers, along with the experienced ham radio operators, was organized in 2011 as the Queen Creek Emergency Communications Group or QCECG.
QCECG provides EmComm communicators for the Town’s EOC, district command/shelters, and the field response teams that provide medical, recon, and shelter services. QCECG falls under the QC Fire and Medical Department and is directly managed by the QC Emergency Management Coordinator, Joe LaFortune.
QCECG leverages its communications assets for non-emergency events as well such as emergency preparedness fairs, Spring Into Queen Creek, Trunk or Treat, Holiday Festival & Parade, etc..
Today - The QCECG has achieved the following:
Trained and licensed approximately 180 volunteer communicators
Installed two radio repeater systems for Town use
Acquired radios, antennas, and gear to equip “go-bags” for each district command and shelter building
Conducts weekly training “net” over the air
Holds monthly meetings for the Group to provide on-going training and skill development
Provides communications support for Town events such as Spring Into Queen Creek and Trunk or Treat
Drills regularly to simulate execution of Town’s Disaster Management and Response Plan.
Regularly participates in national and worldwide amateur radio field exercises
Developed its own FCC ham license training and testing corps
We thank Bruce Barnes, KF6EZT, for his many contributions to the Disaster Management Committee in defining, creating, and launching the Queen Creek Emergency Communications Group.
We also thank Dennis Lawrence, KF7RYX, for his many years of leadership, service, and expertise that helped QCECG gain its reputation as a benchmark in community emergency communications.
For more information regarding the Town’s emergency management program, contact Joe LaFortune, Town of Queen Creek, Emergency Manager at 480-358-3502.
For more information regarding the Queen Creek Emergency Communications Group and membership, please call 480-788-9035 or contact any of the folks listed below. WWW.QCECG.ORG
Joe Sammartino, N2QOJ, Co-Leader
Ron Earl, K7RWE, Co-Leader
Court Hilton, KG7VF, Co-Leader
QCECG meetings are on the second Thursday of every month at 7 PM.
There are three locations we will be using for our meetings over the next year or two: They are:
(1) Queen Creek Library Annex, Zane Grey Community Room, 21802 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142— https://tinyurl.com/ZaneGreyMTG
(2) Community Chambers at the new Queen Creek Police Building located at 20727 Civic Parkway, Queen Creek, AZ 85142 — https://tinyurl.com/QCPDChambers
(3) Historic Town Hall (Our Original Meeting Location) at 22350 S Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, 85142 - http://tinyurl.com/QCChambers
July 14, 2022 - Queen Creek Police Department, Community Chambers
August 31, 2022 - Queen Creek Library, Zane Grey Room (New Ham Clinic)
September 29, 2022 - Cancelled
October 13, 2022 - Tentative—Queen Creek Police Department, Community Chambers
November 10, 2022 - Queen Creek Police Department, Community Chambers— Cancelled
December 8, 2022 - Queen Creek Library, Zane Grey Room — Cancelled
January 12, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
February 9, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
March 9, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
April 13, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
May 11, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
June 8, 2023 - Historic Town Hall
Weekly On-Air Training Net—Ocotillo Repeater—Every Sunday at 8 PM, 449.325 MHz, Negative Shift of 5 MHz, CTCSS (TX) Encode 100 Hz . All licensed amateur radio operators are welcome.
Queen Creek Repeater—449.475 MHz Encode CTCSS 136.5 Hz (Analog/Digital—C4FM System Fusion—NOT Wires-X)
Navigate this link to learn how to obtain your FCC Amateur Radio Technician Class license.
© 2018 - 2023 QCECG
QCECG Will Be Supporting These Next Events:
If you are a licensed ham radio operator and would like to volunteer as a communicator for one or more of our upcoming events, send an email noting your interest to email@example.com.
Regarding emergency communications during a community or family crisis…..“If you have not chosen Ham Radio first, in the end, it will make not no difference what you have chosen instead.” Joseph A. Sammartino, N2QOJ 2023