HOSPITAL EMERGENCY AMATEUR RADIO SUPPORT (HEARS)
HEARS MISSION STATEMENT:
To Provide emergency amateur communications to the area hospitals in the event of a disaster or communications failure.
To provide proficient amateur radio communications in accordance with the FCC and Hospital guidelines.
HEARS, Hospital Emergency Amateur Radio Support is a group of license volunteer amateur radio (HAM) operators in Brevard County who dedicated to providing emergency communications for the area hospitals.
HEARS stands ready, around the clock, to provide supplemental communications, internal, Mass Causalities Incident, or hospital to hospital in times of disaster or emergencies. Such Situations Incluced:
In a widespread disaster such as a major hurricane, Tornadoes, mass casualties incident, or a terrorist attack, when hospitals need to communicate from a disaster to a hospital or with each other and with outside agencies or when the commercial phone system is unavailable or unreliable.
Backup communications are vital, whether the disaster is an wide-area event or a failure in the hospital's own telephone switchboard. Patients can be at risk in either case.
D-STAR AND D-RATS DATA COMMUNICATIONS:
HEARS will pass traffic to participating hospitals in Brevard County on the Brevard D-STAR KJ4OXT repeater located on SR 520 in Cocoa, FL. The antenna is approximately 190 ft. This will be the central hub for communications to the surrounding hospitals being supported by HEARS.
D-RATS multi-platform EmComm software will be use for emergency communications. The software provides the ARRL Radio-Grams, ICS 213 forms, Hospital Patient forms (HICS), Word Documents, and Excel Files for the Hospital Incident Command System to use.
D-Rats is a multi-platform integrated tool for emergency communications. Thanks to KK7DS for the development of this emergency communications software.
Developed for 1st Responders
Initially developed for the Washington County ARES/RACES group in Oregon, D-Rats quickly evolved into a full blown Multi-Platform EmComm software suite for Data Communications using D-Star radios.
Communications with outside agencies are also vital in a disaster. In the future, the Parrish Emergency Amateur Radio Support (HEARS) located at Parrish Medical Center will handle traffic though the Brevard D-Star repeater KJ4OXT directly to the Titusville Fire Dept, the American Red Cross and the Brevard County Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
Members of HEARS will attend meetings to learn about, hospital procedures and disaster plans. They will practice regularly with the Hospital Incident Command System during both individual facility and county-wide drills. All hospitals in Brevard County will be having a disaster drills..
FIRST CALL-UP RESPONDER:
First Call-Up responders are individuals whom hospitals will contact when there is a mass casualty incident or disaster or a internal phone outage. The first HEARS responder that is contacted activates the additional members needed to provide an effective response to the affected hospital's.
HEARS members must be an ARES member, have a Brevard County background check, ARECC level 1 accreditation and the FEMA IS 100 and 200, attend the training seminars and hospital safety drills.
We're Looking for Volunteers
We are looking for hospital volunteers or staff that would be interested in becoming amateur radio operators. Assistance will be provided for any volunteers or staff members that would like to obtain a license.
Prospective members should be interested in public service and be willing to make a commitment to the support of hospitals. They should have the necessary mobility and equipment to respond to an emergency situation whenever and wherever it might occur in Brevard County. Members must be resourceful at getting to hospitals rapidly.
Hospitals with D-Star equipment installed:
Our professional certified team is:
Bob, N6USP Gary, KJ4BOJ Mike, N1RFD
If you are interested in becoming part of this team of outstanding, "professional" communicators, contact Bob, the HEARS coordinator @ N6USP or PH 321-362-5037 for more information.
We encourage other club's to participative and help contribute to your hospital and communities.
When disaster strikes, be ready to be part of the solution.
Created and Maintain by: N6USP.
Copyright © 2003 [Bobby D Jones] All rights reserved. Revised:
Health First Viera FL, March 27th 2011 Equipment installed
Parrish Medical Center Titusville FL September 23rd 2014 Go KIts available till equipment is installed.
Working in conjunction with county ARES members
Inter-and intra-hospital communications
Volunteer emergency communications system
Bi-annual drills per facility
Education and training sessions
Why Ham operators
Amateur radio can be an effective form of communications when all other systems become overloaded or fail due to a disaster of a power failure. Ham radio operators are voluneers who are innovative dedicated in their hobby. In an emergency, hospital staff can continue with their normal duties instead of being used for communications
We are also looking for amateur radio operators who would be interested in providing emergency communications for the hospital in Brevard County. All volunteers will be trained in hospital operations
What is HEARS
What is amateur radio?
Amateur (Ham) radio operators use radios to communicate as a hobby. Ham radio operators are licensed through the FCC.