What is Fairfax County ARES?

Fairfax County ARES consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Our primary served agency is the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), we also serve these agencies.

Fairfax County ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training will be required to participate fully in Fairfax County ARES. To participate in Fairfax County OEM activations and exercises you will need to go through their credentialing process.  Because Fairfax County ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved with Fairfax County ARES

Details on how to join.

How Does My Organization or Agency Request ARES/RACES Services?

If your organization’s emergency preparedness planning includes the need for emergency communications, please contact the ARES EC.