Our training is designed to deliver competent volunteers to deliver high quality advice and to support communications capability utilising AREC and emergency service provider assets.
Our Volunteers deliver independent cross Sector consultation, expert advice and guidance as required to support communications infrastructure for emergency service deployment as requested by our partners and clients including:
- Radio repeater site planning and acquisition, engineering, licensing, and maintenance
- Scheduled testing of communications and IT equipment, including diagnosis and resolution of radio communications equipment and related IT problems
AREC provides skilled, volunteer communications operators, fully versed in:
- Emergency message handling
- Communication protocols and procedures
- Radio and communications technology
- Set up and operation of a range of fixed and transportable comms equipment
We work as an integral part of the Incident Management Teams, providing the critical communications link between search headquarters and the searchers in the field.
Our teams provide support to Civil Defence centres, Emergency Operation and Emergency Coordination Centres and Welfare evacuation centres..
Infrastructure and Equipment – A vital link
AREC endeavours to provide and maintain suitable radio and communications technology equipment and infrastructure to enable our volunteers to provide a highly capable and responsive emergency communication service.
Experience has shown us that power, cellular networks and the internet can be vulnerable in the first few days following a significant event. Overloaded cellular networks and batteries going flat in a prolonged power outage are common issues. AREC maintain and manage a radio network infrastructure that is ready and available should the need arise. The radio network infrastructure we build and maintain means communications can remain open in any emergency. We have a range of portable and handheld communication equipment
Volunteers - Trained and ready for action
AREC 375 fully equipped Volunteers provide communications services for civil emergencies, search and rescue and community events.
The word amateur in AREC recognises that nearly all operational members of the organization are unpaid volunteers. Our volunteers donate thousands of hours of their time every year in providing essential communications services. We have over 300 trained highly skilled experienced, technically competent communications experts covering the length and breadth of New Zealand.
All our volunteers have access to training and development programs at all levels, from beginners to advanced experts. There is a range of different volunteer activities you can become involved in from research and development to on-the-ground support in a search and rescue mission or maintaining the radio network or programming the radios.
Our volunteers live up to core values of:
- Voluntary Service
- Technical Excellence
- Safety Conscious
- Prepared & Responsive
- People Centred Culture