Medina County Office of Emergency Management & Homeland Security
Medina CountyOffice of Emergency Management& Homeland Security

Communications Unit

Team Leader: Dave Rickon (NF8O)
Assistant Team Leader: Rene Eady (KD8SSW)

SKYWARN Coordinator: Tracey Liston (W8TWL)


Program Manager: Ben Nau (KE8BJA)

The EMA Communications Unit consists of dedicated volunteers who provide communications capabilities, support, & coordination to EMA, public safety & other organizations. These volunteers work under the direct authority of EMA.


Members of the Communications Unit have the opportunity to:

  • Attend monthly trainings on the Second Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Emergency Operations Center at the Medina County Emergency Management Agency
  • Participate in various exercises
  • Work in the Emergency Operations center or in the field during actual emergencies

RACES: The Communications Unit is a RACES Station (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, which is a FEMA emergency amateur radio communications program.

SHARES: The EMA is also a SHARES (Shared Resource High Frequency Radio Program) Station which is a program administered by the Department of Homeland Security’s National Coordinating Center for Communications. This provides the means of communicating via voice and email around the world on federal radio frequencies. This was recently used extensively when the hurricanes hit Puerto Rico in 2017.

ARES: The majority of the volunteers are also amateur radio operators and members of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) which is a program under the ARRL.


Medina County ARES Website


  • LMR Communications
    • UHF
    • VHF
    • 6 Meter
    • HF
    • 700/800 MHZ (Public Safety Radio's)
  • AREDN Mesh Networking
    • Portable Surveillance Video Streaming
  • LTE Data Connectivity
  • VOIP (Voice Over IP)
  • Winlink
  • Flmsg-Fldigi
  • SHARES (SHAred RESources (SHARES) High Frequency (HF) Radio Program)
  • RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service)


Local Amateur Radio Repeaters

Main Site 147.030 147.630 141.3
Brunswick 147.030 147.630 131.8
South 147.030 147.630 88.5
Medina 444.925 449.925 131.8
Medina 444.275 449.275 131.8
Litchfield 51.66 51.16 107.2

Interested in Volunteering?

Medina County EMA Volunteer Handbook
Medina EMA Volunteer Handbook 9 25 2019.[...]
Adobe Acrobat document [832.4 KB]
Medina County EMA Volunteer Application
Medina EMA Volunteer Application.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [232.4 KB]

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Medina County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security is a local government agency that provides support and coordination assistance to first responders for countywide emergency/disaster planning, education, warning, response, and recovery activities.

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