Forsyth ARES

Cpl. Pete Sabella, KI4SHP

Cpl. Pete Sabella, KI4SHP


Forsyth County Amateur Radio Operators

CERT 2019 Training Calendar

All classes will be held at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center

3560 Settingdown Road, Cumming GA, 30040

Meetings are the THIRD MONDAY of each month beginning at 7:00 pm


Date   Topic Instructor  
January 7th Chainsaw Safety FD Lt. Leuliette
Feb 4th Weather Safety and Awareness Class Renee Conway
March 4th Weather Safety Pete Sabella
April 8th Firefighter on Scene Rehab Rick Hamilton
May 6th Animals in Disaster Areas Pete Sabella / SO K-9 Unit
June 3rd Lost / Missing Persons SO K-9 Unit
July 1st CERT’s Response to Floods FD Personnel
August 5th CERT and Incident Command Pete Sabella / Dorothy Jubon
September 9th CERT Traffic / Pedestrian Movement Pete Sabella
October 7th First Aid / Stop the Bleed Rick Hamilton
November 4th CPR / AED Rick Hamilton
December 12th CERT / ARES Christmas party Location TBD

Peter Sabella, N4PJS

Volunteer Coordinator, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office

Forsyth County CERT Coordinator

Cell: 678-780-1524



ARES Manuals

Download the full version of the ARES Manual

Download the full version of the ARES Field Resources Manual 


Weekly ARES Net

Forsyth County ARES Net meets weekly on Tuesdays at 8PM on the WB4GQX repeater 147.150+ (tone 141.3 Hz, tsql. 141.3 Hz) located on Sawnee Mountain in Cumming, GA. In case of repeater failure this net will operate on 146.460 Mhz simplex.

Monthly ARES Meeting

Meetings are the THIRD Monday of the month at the Forsyth County Public Safety Center, 3560 Settingdown Road, Cumming GA, 30040. Meetings  begin at 7:00 pm.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)   

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment, with their local ARES leadership, for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes.

ARES Membership Requirements

Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization is eligible to apply for membership in ARES.  Training may be required or desired to participate fully in ARES.  Please inquire at the local level for specific information.  Because ARES is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable, but is not a requirement for membership.

How to Get Involved in ARES

Print out this form and submit it to your local Emergency Coordinator.

Or contact the following EC’s:

District Emergency Coordinator, Northeast Georgia

Jerry Adams, W4PX

Email:      dajudge1 at

Emergency Coordinator, Forsyth County

Peter Sabella, KI4SHP



Where will I be needed?

  • Public Service Events:
    • Walk-a-thons, bike-a-thons, parades, festivals and community events.
    • Time commitment is typically defined in advance.
    • Equipment is minimal; often you will only be asked to bring a hand-held radio.
    • Responsibilities may include supporting the communications needs of the community agency  such as crowd control efforts, first aid stations, parking, etc.
  • Localized Disaster:
    • Flooding, tornadoes, or any substantial weather event, where it might not disrupt major areas of communications, but there is still a need for communications to be set up
    • Search, rescue, and traffic needs during the local disaster.
    • Time commitment is less than a major disaster
    • Typically the volunteer would be part of an organization. The organization would have a pre-planned list of expectations and roles.
  • Major Disaster:
    • Wide-spread weather events, such as hurricane, tornadoes, snow storms, earthquakes.
    • A longer time commitment–several weeks to a few months.
    • Volunteers need to prepare their families for their absences.
    • In addition to personal Go Kits, volunteers may also need to bring their long-term Deployment Kits.