Volunteering

About Volunteering

We have a variety of options for people interested in volunteering in Emergency Management. Below is a list of volunteer opportunities. Click on each one to learn more about how you can be an asset to your community during a wide range of emergencies. Be part of the solution to assist our community during times of need. For an application, visit the Sheriff's Volunteers Page.

Clallam County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CCARES)

Clallam County ARES is a network of volunteer amateur radio operators that provides backup emergency radio service to the County government and to other response agencies on the Peninsula. In addition to this vital communications link, ARES supports community events such as the North Olympic Discovery Marathon, college and community safety fairs, and the Clallam County Fair, with volunteers and equipment.

ARES works with the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club to promote amateur radio through training, weekly radio nets, radio license classes, and testing.

Monthly ARES meetings are held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the basement of the County Courthouse, 223 E 4th Street in Port Angeles, and at the City Hall in Forks. The meetings occur on the first Tuesday of the month and begin at 7 pm.

ARES operates under the auspices of the Sheriff's Emergency Management Unit, and ARES volunteers are also Clallam County Sheriff's Department volunteers. Membership information may be obtained at the monthly meeting or by emailing the ARES Emergency Coordinator, Glenn Beach.

Become an Amateur Radio Operator

The Clallam County Amateur Radio Club (CCARC) provides the necessary classes to become a Technician (Level1) a couple of times a year. A follow-up review and exam are given before licenses are awarded.

There is no cost for the class which is presented by volunteers from the Clallam County Amateur Radio Club. Students purchase the "Ham Radio License Manual Level I" or the ARRL General Class License Manual at a cost of $24.95. The session cost is $15. All classes are held at the Port Angeles Fire Department at 102 E 5th Street, Port Angeles, WA. Currently, there are no classes scheduled.

Check their website or send email to ask questions or register for classes, or to get more information about amateur radio operations and classes.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Take the training now to learn the best ways to protect yourself and your neighbors.

For information on contacting any of these groups or getting a trainer to hold a CERT class in your community, or if you are interested in CERT training, email us.

Medical Reserve Corps

The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) is a national network of more than 200,000 volunteers, organized locally to improve the health and safety of their communities. Visit the Medical Reserve Corps site for more information.

Clallam County is in the process of creating its own MRC. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please email us.