The Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Team (SCECT) is comprised of licensed volunteer amateur radio operators that offer their time, talents and equipment by supplying emergency communications to the City of Santa Clarita, and partnering agencies. Team members are called into action when other forms of communication such as land lines or cell phones are severely reduced or impacted. Team members are also available and assist the City during special events. The Emergency Communications Team is registered as a civil defense organization under the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES).
Currently the SCECT leadership includes a City Radio Officer and two assistant Radio Officers. Involvement with the Communications Team requires a participant to be 18 years and older. Meetings are held on the second Monday at 7:00 p.m. of each month at City Hall located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 unless otherwise noted.
Communications Team Q&A
Q- What is the Emergency Communications Team?
A- The team's primary purpose is to supply emergency communications to the City of Santa Clarita, and partnering agencies. Members are licensed volunteer amateur radio operators that supply their talent and equipment in times of crisis and during special events.
Current groups linked to the Santa Clarita Emergency Communications "Vital Link:" include the Newhall School District, Saugus School District, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles County Fire Stations, and the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station.
Q- When does the Communications Team Meet?
A- SCECT meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at 8:30 p.m. Guests are invited to attend the meetings.
Q- Where does the Communications Team Meet?
A- City Hall – Council Chambers located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 unless otherwise noted.
Q- What is discussed during the meetings?
A- The meeting generally focuses on presentations on communication skills, technology, and emergency policies and procedures. Other meetings may discuss team planning for City events and exercises.
Q- How do I apply to become a City of Santa Clarita Emergency Communication Team Member?
A- You must hold a current amateur radio license with a minimum technician level certified by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). After providing proof of licensing, you will receive the required documents to obtain membership into the Team.
Q- Is the Communication Team utilized for special events and Emergency Exercises?
A- Yes, our Communication Team assists with several special events where communication is needed. The Team assists at the following events:
- Disaster simulation exercises
- 4th of July parade
- City of Santa Clarita's Marathon
- AMGEN Tour of California
- Cowboy Festival
- Concerts in the Park
Q- As a volunteer, do I need to be fingerprinted? If so, how much will that cost?
A- As a City of Santa Clarita volunteer you will be required to be fingerprinted prior to receiving your City of Santa Clarita Emergency Communication Volunteer ID badge. Fingerprinting results can take up to 2-6 weeks. This is done at no cost to the volunteer.
Q- What will I receive if I become part of the SCECT?
A- Members receive a City of Santa Clarita Emergency Communication Volunteer ID badge after fingerprinting results are validated. A Communication Team polo shirt and windbreaker may also be given (upon availability). Note that ID badges or other identification are property of the City of Santa Clarita and must be returned upon resignation or termination.
Q- What are some team requirements?
A- Members are required to:
- Hold an FCC amateur radio license, with a minimum technician level.
- Participate in a minimum of 10 hours per quarter of the calendar year.
- Hours can be accumulated through attending/participating in weekly nets, monthly meetings and special events.
- Learn how to operate a controlled net.
- Be familiar with communications equipment at City sites and at designated agency sites.
- Take the NIMS 100 &700 and SEMS introduction training courses.
- Be fingerprinted prior to receiving a City of Santa Clarita Emergency Communications Volunteer ID Badge.
Q- Are SCECT members, considered Disaster Service Workers (DSWs)?
A- Yes, all SCECT members are considered DSWs with the City of Santa Clarita and are authorized by the California Emergency Services Act and are defined in the California Labor Code. The Government Code of the State of California Chapter 8 of Division 4 of Title 1 Section 3100. Members serve as DSWs in disaster response and recovery efforts for the City.
Q-Who can I contact for additional questions?
A- Please contact Human Services at (661) 250-3708
View the Communications Team Brochure