CHARITY EVENTS - SURREY RAYNET NOTES
The following are a few dos and donts to be considered when organizing a new event, or indeed an existing one that has been appreciably altered.
Of necessity RAYNET has to interface with the Organizer and the selected User Service, this may be St John Ambulance, or occasionally the British Red Cross, equally it could be any of the User Services listed in BR68.
Alternatively events can be classified as training exercises and can be authorized by Emergency Planning Officers, either County or Borough.
For future website material take typical photos of the event
Things to Do:-
· To meet BR68 requirements, written approval to provide
radio communications for the event must be
obtained from a User Service (see the list in BR68)
· To provide radio links from RAYNET Control to RAYNET
outstations, located at marshal points, water-stops etc.
· Pass messages to/from the User Service for the event,
via the User Service Duty Officer and RAYNET Control.
· Pass welfare messages to/from the Organizer.
· RAYNET outstations to pass messages to/from the route
· Maintain logs of messages sent/received. Separate logs to
be kept for :-
Amateur band links
PMR-UK General channels and Leith Hill Repeater
Mobile Phone messages
· Maintain RAYNET State Board (manning log)
· ` RAYNET outstations to advise RAYNET Control of organizational vehicle movements on the route, i.e. medical, mechanic, lead, sweep etc.
· Insist on Set-Up meetings being at least one month before the event.
Ensure message prioritising is used.
Things NOT to DO.
· Event organisation. - Thats the Organizers responsibility.
· Risk Assessment also the responsibility of the Organizer
and RAYNET should not comment on content.
· Directing traffic/marshalling. RAYNET passes messages!
· RAYNET not to make medical resource/logistic decisions
Thats the responsibility of the Medical Duty Officer.
· Do not locate a RAYNET outstation at a location without a marshal, unless for purposes of radio communication only.
The Organizer should provide the following:-
Estimated number of participants
Estimated route timings
Route map's with location of Start, Finish, Marshal points etc
Any Police/mobile marshal assistance
Any other relevant event information of interest to RAYNET.
Medical Service retained to cover the event. Duty Officer info
Surrey RAYNET Costs
Also the following topics should be reviewed:
Whilst not the responsibility of RAYNET, we have, nevertheless, long experience of event coverage.
There is a rule of thumb that seems viable where the maximum distance between Marshal points should be - 5Km for walks & 8Km for cycle rides.
These apply especially to off-road events, and these distances should be verbally suggested to the Organizer if necessary.
Where possible, ensure that off-road parking is available at outstation locations.
Route access for ambulances, especially for off-road events, may be a problem. This topic needs a full review as it may well affect the risk assessment, with possibly additional allocated resources.
Ensure there is good communications, between Control and the organizer, at all times during the event. The allocation of a RAYNET shadow may be a solution. Ensure all organisational matters are referred to the Organizer for early actioning.
The location of Control is usually at the Start/Finish on "out/return" events.
On events where start and finish are not co-sited, the use of RF Signal Path Prediction software to be used to position Control so that the minimum signal level to outstations is never worse than 140dB. The use of talk-through stations is always an option.
Where late appointment of Medical Services occurs, the event can be used as a "Training Exercise" with written approval provided by any emergency planning officer, County or Borough.
To be held as soon after the event as possible but certainly within one month of the event.
This meeting with the Organizer, and other involved parties, should review any problem(s) that arose, so that that corrections can be made for future events.
© Nigel G1XBV August 2006
Edited by Brian G3OYU January 2007