Colorado ARES Region 1 District 1 is always looking to expand our membership and capabilities. If you are interested in being involved, please download and fill out the Registration Form below and return it to the R1D1 Admins: Darren or Jim at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do not worry if you are still working on your ICS training and/or background check - everything can be updated later, and your completed registration form gets your email added to our system. We look forward to hearing from you!

Before we can send you to support one of our served agencies, we need to know that you understand the basics of the Incident Command System (ICS), the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and the National Response Framework (NRF). The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers free, online courses that will satisfy this requirement: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700, and IS-800. Please follow the links below, review the online material, take the multiple-choice final exams, and email a copy of your certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Furthermore, to be deployable to a served agency, you’ll need to complete a background check and provide us the results. We’re not looking for saints, but we have to comply with restrictions on where we can send our members. We accept a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report, and will consider other forms of proof on a case-by-case basis. Alternative methods must be equal to, or more rigorous than a CBI check, such as a Larimer or Weld CHP. When complete, email your report to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



And finally, here is a note from our Regional Emergency Coordinator:

To All Radio Amateurs:

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a voluntary organization of licensed radio amateurs who have registered their capabilities and equipment for providing emergency communications as a public service to the community. The purpose of ARES is to furnish communications in the event of natural disaster, when regular communications fail or are inadequate. Sponsored by American Radio Relay League (ARRL), ARES functions at the local level to meet local communications needs. ARES has a long history of public service going back to its formal inception in 1935. Since that time ARES has responded countless times to communications emergencies. Experience has proven that amateurs respond more capably in time of emergency when practice has been conducted in an organized group. There is no substitute for experience gained before the need arises. ARES in each locality operates under the direction of the Emergency Coordinator (EC), whose function is to direct the activities of ARES to maintain a state of readiness. To register in ARES, send above information directly to the name and address above. League membership is not required for registration. Registration does not require possession of any specially designed equipment. All Amateurs can be of assistance to ARES. There is provision in ARES for every amateur regardless of class of license, equipment owned, or personal circumstances. Won’t you join us in providing this essential Amateur Radio service?

Rob Strieby, R-EC