New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service


New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS)
Successfully Provides Communication Assistance to the New York City Marathon


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NEW YORK, NY (November 7, 2011) - As in past years, the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (NYC-ARECS) has successfully provided volunteer public safety communications to the New York City Marathon. This world famous 26.2 mile race, organized by New York Road Runners (NYRR), started at Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island.

NYC-ARECS is a member run organization of NYC based amateur radio operators (hams) who are trained and dedicated to providing radio communications for governments, civil-preparedness and relief agencies during periods of local, regional, or national civil emergencies. These emergencies may include natural disasters (i.e. fires, floods or earthquakes) or man-made disasters (i.e. acts of terrorism). The roots of the team are deep in emergency communications dating back three decades.

Staged at strategic locations with members of the Marathon leadership, NYC-ARECS deploys federally licensed radio operators who 'shadow' key Marathon personnel. As in past years, the mission of the emergency communicators is to provide a continuous flow of information in the event of any sort of emergency situation. NYC-ARECS works closely with many public safety organizations, including again this year, Chief Michael Di Trani's U.S. Coast Guard police and security team which provided security to Fort Wadsworth and its 46,000 runners.

Charles Hargrove, President and Co-Founder of NYC-ARECS, who has been providing volunteer emergency communications at the NYC Marathon for near 20 years, said: "Providing communications at the NYC Marathon is a demonstration of our team's commitment to public service in New York City. This event is also a good training exercise for our larger mission of preparing for providing emergency communication in the event of a natural or man-made disaster in New York City."

NYC-ARECS supports the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), a radio communication service coordinated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and managed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). This service allows federally licensed emergency communicators to be called up in the event of a major national disaster or war.

The over-arching mission of NYC-ARECS is to provide professional, timely, quality, and proficient auxiliary radio communications to both government and other organizations. Persons interested in learning more about how the organization can help their organization, or persons interested in joining, should write to: