Sacramento CERT Communications Unit

It is important for public safety agencies (such as law enforcement, emergency medical services, and fire services) to be able to provide and maintain communications before, during, and after a disaster or emergency.

Disasters may require resources beyond what local and state authorities can manage. Volunteer groups such as ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service), RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service), and CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams) are often called upon to fill the gap and provide emergency communications support during disasters and large scale emergencies.

Sacramento Fire CERT is an all-volunteer group trained by the Sacramento Fire Department to provide support to public safety and service personnel in the Sacramento region, as well as anywhere in California if requested. Members undergo a minimum of 68 hours of intensive training to become a deployable member of the team. Some members take an additional 57 hours of Emergency Medical Responder training to provide advanced medical support during disasters.

Sacramento Fire CERT provides services for search and rescue, utility control, disaster medical services, logistical support, communications support, and shelter support during disasters. To be the best asset we can, we are in need of assistance to improve our communications abilities in the field - which brings us to our GoFundMe campaign.

Sacramento Fire CERT would like to purchase a "PodRunner" unit to house our various radio components into one portable unit. This unit is lightweight, can be connected to nearly all of our vehicles via a standard hitch mount, is narrow enough to be rolled through doorways, and can even fit in many elevators.

This unit will give Sacramento Fire CERT the ability to mount 8 different radios in one portable unit, allowing us to communicate over various bands, and acting as a hub for first responders if their radio networks are disabled.

We have the radios, we just need the means to easily consolidate them into one unit that is versatile and portable.

Please help us raise funds to purchase the PodRunner unit. Your donation will help victims and first responders respond to and recover from disasters across California.

Thank you in advance!!

Organizer and beneficiary

Robert Ross
Rancho Cordova, CA
Sacramento CERT

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