“A new organization is trying to gather steam to have all interested Hams concerned with Emergency Communications to belong to one organization, or at least be certified by one organization instead of the several State requirements, Red Cross requirements, Dept. of Homeland Security requirements, etc...
I wrote some very pointed questions, and here are their answers:
I'm sure if these are rhetorical questions on your part or sincere questions.
Who certifies NRCEV?
Who certifies us? Technically no one. Although what will give the program and our organization is hopefully the acceptance by the general EmComm Community.
Also, we did not attempt to obtain any official endorsement by any organization at the start, for the fact we fell we need to be independent of any single organization. This is not an ARRL program or Red Cross program or another organization’s program.
But, rest assured we are pursuing recognition/endorsement from those and other National/Regional EMA/Disaster Response organizations. We realize this is important, but first we wanted the EmComm community to see the program and let us know if and what needed to be adjusted for it to be accepted by them. Because, no matter what "Official"
Organization my recognize/endorse us and our program, if the EmComm community does not support it, the program will not succeed.
What makes you an official organization that people want to join?
People do not join our organization: at least not in the same sense that you become a member of the ARRL. We are not looking for "members". The goal of our program is to provide a Certification to EmComm volunteers. What the benefit of Certification can be for those that decide to obtain it, is a publish standard of training in both knowledge and skill competency that is the same in PA or Washington, or Texas or Florida. This would be a training standard, separate from a local standard.
I hesitate to use the words higher standard as that may not be the case in all areas. But, regardless of what training an EmComm volunteer may receive locally, based on local needs, this would be a uniform standard that can be used to assist volunteers moving from one area to another or facilitate the more rapid evaluation and vetting of volunteers across jurisdictional lines during an emergency. Thereby, getting them deployed and in place operating more effectively and rapidly.
Who is benefiting from the fees collected?
Who benefits by the fees: Ultimately the organization and myself as one of the organizers.
The $25 for as individual, every three years, who participates in the program goes to cover the cost of computer equipment and supplies for printing certications, mailings, electricity, office supplies as well as the time spent administering the program. We are registered as a Non-Profit 501(3)(c) organization, and intend fully to operate in accordance within those regulations.
At this point this is a part-time endeavor. But, I will be honest with you. If the program is successful as we hope it will be, we have looked into the amount of time an effort it would take to manage this program. And a successful program, meaning that perhaps a minimum of 1/2 if 1% of the hams in the US participate, means we would have to administer it full time. And the fees are calculated to provide us the income and hire additional staff as needed to do that. But it is not intended to be a get rich quick program for us.
I hope that answers your questions Don. If not let me know what you need clarified or further explained.
Interested? Find more information on their website at www.NRCEV.org