What is GEARS?
The Garrard Emergency Amateur Radio Service (GEARS)* is a group of FCC licensed Amateur Radio operators who have voluntarily registered with the Garrard County EMA for community and/or emergency communications services. Members receive training specifically designed to help them function as emergency communicators.
Amateur Radio Operators have been called upon to provide emergency communications services many times, including 9/11 attack in NYC, the North American Blackout of 2003, hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg wildfires in 2016, and the California wildfires.
GEARS members work in cooperation with several Garrard County public service agencies including the Garrard County Emergency Management Agency/CSEPP, Garrard County Police Department, Lancaster Police Department, Lancaster Fire Department, and Garrard County Fire Department and Garrard Rescue Squads.
As a result of our working relationship with the Garrard EMA, we also find ourselves working closely with state agencies including the Kentucky Emergency Management Agency, and Kentucky State Police as well as Federal agencies such as FEMA. We also provide communications support for civilian disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross and Samaritan's Purse.
Because GEARS is an Amateur Radio program, only licensed radio amateurs are eligible for membership. Any Amateur Radio licensee may register as an GEARS member. There are no registration fees, club dues, or website memberships associated with GEARS membership.
If you are a licensed Amateur Radio Operator from the Garrard Country area and would like join, or simply get more information about the GEAR Program, please send us a message by clicking the “Contact” button in the main menu.
*Garrard Emergency Amateur Radio Service (GEARS) is an interdependent organization, that operates under the jurisdiction of the Garrard County Emergency Management Agency, and is not associated with the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) or any of its subsidiary organizations.