The Sullivan Amateur Radio Club participated today in the Hospital Amateur Radio Network in support of Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan, MO. In attendance were Chris Westrick (KD0JVF), Barb Siegfried (KD0JVB), and John McReynolds (KC0NRO).
To quote the St. Louis ARES website, “HARN will provide Amateur Radio Operators to assist hospitals in their communication needs. HARN will provide communication support to enhance hospital preparedness for response to critical incidents in the St. Louis Bi-State region. The Amateur Radio Operators will coordinate with emergency management agencies and other regional first responders to accomplish interoperable communications for hospitals. The hospitals will coordinate drills and exercises among area the hospitals utilizing amateur radio resources. The hospitals will periodically test and exercise their amateur radio equipment located in each facility that has a amateur radio installed.”
After receiving training on the equipment at last night’s club meeting, the Sullivan Amateur Radio Club has renewed its commitment to the hospital to participate in all of these exercises in the future. John McReynolds will be heading up this effort and will help ensure that we have trained people there for each of these events.
Below is a picture of Chris and Barb, hard at work this morning during the exercise!