SCHEART ESF-8 Statewide Training Net will meet on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9AM. Midlands Area Communications Rodeo with training exercise. February 6th 8 AM to 12 PM at the SC Fire Academy.

All SC HEART ESF-8 Nets will meet on Thursday mornings at 9AM. Check into the net using UHF repeaters were possible. During roll call, notify Net Control which repeater location you are using and if it is UHF or VHF. In an emergency the VHF repeaters may be used for ARES communications and not always available. It is very important that you can use the UHF side of the System as a RRT member. Email check-ins at
IMPORTANT INFORMATION -  Check into the net – even if you are working. If you are working do a normal check – in call sign, name, location, (hospital or agency ), VHF or UHF. Continue to check in by e-mail if you are not able to connect to the SC Heart system. Net operates under FCC § 97.113 Prohibited transmissions (a) (3) (i). Preamble revised March 1, 2013 to reflect the new DHEC regions.
Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Calhoun, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg
Aiken, Barnwell, Chester, Edgefield, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lancaster, Lexington, Newberry, Richland, Saluda, York
Chesterfield, Clarendon, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, Sumter, Williamsburg
Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union
For more information on the Communications Rodeo contact Karen Hutto or Scott Phillips

DHEC Midlands Region
Second Annual Regional Communications Exercise
Friday – February 6, 2015
Location:  SC Fire Academy
141 Monticello Trail, Columbia, SC 29203

Vehicle and Participant Set Up/Registration:  8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
Participant Briefing: 09:00 a.m.
Event Hours:  9:30 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m
Hotwash: 11:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Purpose: Under simulated emergency conditions, communication vehicles, trailers, mobile command vehicles, and other portable set-ups of any shape, style or configuration will meet up in an open parking lot. Participants will be given at the briefing a sealed package with instructions to open them at specific times and attempt to complete an assigned challenge.
A variety of challenges including typical situations experienced in multi agency response will be spread out over the two hours of the event. This is not a competition but a fun and exciting way for coalition partners to experience real life challenges that are routinely experienced in large scale events. Each participant will evaluate their ability to assist the coalition in the exercise, with DHEC completing an after action report on what went right, what went wrong and identifying our opportunities for improvement.
Please join our coalition for a Friday morning full of fun and learning opportunities. This event is open to anyone in our region, including state agencies, hospitals, fire service, law enforcement, amateur radio operators and emergency management.
Your questions can be directed to Bob Besley (event coordinator)
@ 803-292-3323 or Karen Hutto (Midlands Region OPHP Director)
@ 803-667-1127.
We hope to see you there!

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