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About Santa Rosa County Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS)


The Santa Rosa County Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) is the designated communications reserve of the Santa Rosa County Office of Emergency Management under Emergency Support Function (ESF) 2 - Communications.  Its mission is to provide a variety of professional unpaid
 (volunteer) skills, including administrative, technical and operational, for emergency tactical, administrative and logistical communications; for Santa Rosa County, several served agencies, and participating jurisdictions of the Emergency Management’s Mutual Aid Agreement and with the State of Florida.

The Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) is provided for by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Part 97, Subpart E of the Commission’s Rules and Regulations, as well as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Civil Preparedness Guide 1-15 and the State and Local Guide  (SLG) 101: Guide for All-Hazard Emergency Operations Planning.

ACS includes the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) and eligible residents of Santa Rosa County that have successfully passed Santa Rosa County’s background check, training, equipment, participation and annual evaluation requirements.

ACS coordinates mutual aid communication requests, promotes effective resource management and personnel accountability for Amateur Radio operators, General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), Business Land-Mobile Radio (LMR) and other FCC licensees and radio services, such as Civil Air Patrol (CAP), and the Military Affiliate Radio Service (MARS), as well as unlicensed Family Radio Service (FRS) and Citizen Band (CB) deployed in support of civil defense and/or disaster response and recovery.

The purpose of ACS is to provide communication support to government during periods of local, regional or national emergencies. ACS personnel are amateurs only in the respect that they may not receive compensation for their contributions. They are, however, professionals in their ability to provide many diverse forms of electronic communications such as voice, digital (Packet, CW, RTTY, radio fax, etc.) and ATV (amateur television) under less than ideal conditions.

The Santa Rosa County ACS program is administered by the County Office of Emergency Management. The ACS unit is directed by the County RACES Radio Officer.

The Santa Rosa County Auxiliary Communication Service holds regular monthly meetings the 4th Monday night of each month at 7PM at the Santa Rosa County EOC.

For more information, please contact Bobby Tyree @ or call 983-5360.

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