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The County of Renfrew stretches from the national capital region of Ottawa to the west, along the shores of the beautiful Ottawa River to the northern tip of historic Algonquin Park. Renfrew County is the largest County in Ontario with over 300 pristine lakes and four major river systems.
Renfrew County Amateur Radio Emergency Services is challenged with the task of providing emergency communications when required to protect life and property within Renfrew County. Members of the Renfrew County ARES group include some of the best trained communicators in the province of Ontario, and very possibly far beyond the provincial boundaries. Our group has had extensive training in emergency communications, and several of our members have played significant roles in severe circumstances, such as maintaining communication posts during the great 'Ice Storm, assisting the Ontario Provincial Police Emergency Response Team with trained search and rescue personnel (see OSARVA) as well as contributing vital radio communication links in vast woodland areas.
To further entrench our services within the county, several signed agreements have been written such as the 'Agreement between the County of Renfrew and the Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) for Renfrew County, the 'Amateur Radio Emergency Services Pembroke Police Service Protocol, and also the Amateur Radio Emergency Services Ontario Provincial Police Protocol Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment and Killaloe Detachment, and our standing agreement with the Canadian Red Cross. To compliment our agreements our members in conjunction with the AECL Nuclear Emergency Response have installed a number of commercial antennas for emergency communications on several structures in the County. These buildings include the Renfrew County Building, the Red Cross building, the Pembroke Fire Department building, Algonquin College Pembroke Campus, Pembroke Police Service building, Fellows High School, Champlain Discovery Public School, and Bishop Smith High School. In most cases, these sites include a ready box that is equipped with a transceiver and other emergency communications equipment.
During non-emergency community functions, our members can often be spotted assisting organizers by supplying communications for community activities ranging from parades, Pembroke Waterfront concert activities, the annual Silver Spoon in Deep River, the International Triathlon held for the first time ever in Whitewater Region, Pembroke and area 'Goblin Patrol' and a score of other events that provide our members with the opportunity to maintain our high degree of communication skills while assisting our local friends and neighbors in the way we do best, by providing essential amateur radio communications.
This link will take you directly to the County of Renfrew Home Page, which in turn will allow access to the web sites for various municipalities within Renfrew County.