For the support of County government
the Oswego County Emergency Communicators/RACES?
The OCEC/RACES is
a manpower resource that provides professional skills to the Office of Emergency
Management and the government of Oswego County. These skills include administrative
and logistical communications to the emergency service agencies within the County and to
other jurisdictions including the State Emergency Office when needed.
OCEC/RACES is administered under the guidance of the Oswego County Emergency Management Director.
In May 1951, then
New York State Radio Officer, Vincent T. Kenny, W2BGO, spearheaded the establishment of
the Northeast United States Civil Defense Amateur Radio Alliance (USCDARA). In 1955
this group promoted adoption of a Standard Operating Procedure, channelization of the
RACES frequency allocations, uniform message forms, etc.
Communications Commission established the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
effective August, 15, 1952 to meet the needs of the Federal Civil Defense Administration
(FCDA), state and local governments. If ever again there is a need to suspend
Amateur Radio operation because of a national crisis, RACES will remain on the air serving
the needs of the government.
Since those early
days, the oversight of RACES has been given to the local office of Civil Preparedness to
meet the needs of the local government during emergency situations.