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About Volunteering

We have a variety of options for people interested in volunteering in Emergency Management. Some of the possibilities are listed on the menu above. 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 from 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 sessions cost is $15.00. 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 at, or call Chuck Jones at 360-775-8201 and register for classes, or to get more information about amateur radio operations and classes.

CERT Community Emergency Response Team

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, contact the Program Coordinator by , or call 360-417-2525. If you are interested in CERT training, please call 360-417-2525 or .

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.

Clallam County is in the process of creating its own MRC. If you are interested in being part of this effort, please contact Anne Chastain (360) 417-2483 or .

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