Friday, June 12, 2015

Brian Newhouse New Emergency Management Director

LABELLE, FL. -- Brian Newhouse is the new Emergency Management Director for Hendry County. The Emergency Operations Center, a secure facility for coordinating emergency operations is west of LaBelle on State Road 80 where one of the area's tallest structures stands, a 200-foot tall monopole mast with numerous antennas attached.

HCEM recently congratulated amateur (ham) radio operator Frank Harris (WA4PAM) of Clewiston on the occasion of his graduation from Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) training. Frank is the Amateur Radio Emergency Service Coordinator for Hendry County and lead volunteer communicator for HCEM and an invaluable asset to the EM Director Newhouse (KJ4WIC) and Hendry County.

The EOC is fully equipped with radio equipment including a 2-meter repeater accessible by FCC licensed radio operators for two way communications 24/7 on a frequency of 145.470 mhz (PL tone 97.4). The radio antenna is about 170 feet off the ground allowing 2-way radio communications to most of the surrounding counties.

HCEM is looking for Ham radio operators to volunteer during emergencies and free training will be offered. If you are interested in learning more about C.E.R.T. or amateur radio, contact HCEM at (863) 674-5400.

(Video: How Emergency Communication Specialist Volunteers Assist During Hurricanes)

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