Supporting the Waldo Canyon Fire

By  | 06/30/2012 | Filed under: Uncategorized

Rocky Mountain Ham Radio was requested to assist D14, Pikes Peak ARES with the effort to support The Colorado Springs EOC, The Red Cross and The Salvation Army in disaster and shelter traffic.  The event is a multi operational period event where 350 houses were destroyed and two people were killed by a forest fire on the northwest side of Colorado Springs.

Due to the multi day event, the Springs ARES community was seriously stretched thin and the Colorado Section ARES EC under the authority of the new Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit of the State Office of Emergency Management asked us to assist in backfilling many of the support and tactical positions with amateur radio operators as well as Rocky Mountain Ham Radio’s Communications trailer.  RMHAM stepped up with team members and equipment to support the effort.

Members, Emit Hurdelbrink W0UAW, David Dean K0PWO, Jeff Ryan, K0RM, Jim Hammond KC0YYF, Randy Councell N0OEM, John Maxwell W0VG, Mike Davey N0VBY and Bob Sterner KB0BS all put in shifts to assist the efforts of the served agencies.  Many of the team were driving back and forth from Denver to Colorado Springs daily for 5 days in support of the trailer and some living in the shelters.

We can’t support these events without the tireless efforts of our volunteer team.  Even if you weren’t deployed to the disaster scene, there were still valuable roles supporting the technology and operational efforts put forth by many and my thanks goes out to each and every member of RMHAM and District 22 ARES that supported the disaster crew.

John Maxwell, W0VG