The operations performed by volunteer Amateur Radio Operators and others as members of the Sussex County RACES program are in support of the communication needs of the Sussex County Department of Emergency Operations, operating as an Auxiliary Communication Service (ACS)  The RACES Radio Officer (RO), in charge of the program, is directly responsible to the Sussex County Director of Emergency Operations.

RACES Operators must meet designated training, participation, and acceptability standards. These operators may be assigned to the EOC, designated as net control stations, liaison stations, or assigned to locations other than the primary stations at the direction of the EOD or designee. Non licensed individuals with specific skills may perform communication related tasks.

Training and participation requirements will be established by the county RACES Radio Officer (RO) in cooperation with the County EOD. Local training, on-line courses from recognized agencies, and other approved resources, may be required.  Acceptability standards are determined by the county authorities.

The Primary EOC station shall be equipped to provide operation on assigned High Frequency (HF), Very High Frequency (VHF), and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Amateur Radio allocations.  Provision shall also be made for the joint service Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Communications Service (NCS) Shared High Frequency Resources (SHARES) program operation.  Simultaneous operation of two or more positions is required.  The second station located in the Mobile Command Post (MCU) shall at a minimum be operational on assigned HF, VHF and UHF frequencies.

Operations in support of an incident are instituted by an Activation Order.  The term Activate is specific to the RACES program.  The order to Activate is given by the EOD or RO to meet specific incidents. As such the RACES members now operate as agents of the county, and are extended certain benefits and protection as provided by county authority. The order to Deactivate indicates the end of the authorized operation.