WICEN NSW Communications
WICEN is a statewide body which has been created to serve the needs of the particular state and as such the structure within each state differs according to the emergency management plan within that state.
In NSW, WICEN operates as a specialist support squad under the NSW State Disaster Plan (DISPLAN).
While the WICEN year is drawing to a close, in that there are no more planned operational events for the year, it is worth noting that over the past few months WICEN has contributed 1700 hours to the community. This included providing tactical and safety communications to the VH-MDX search, supporting several fund raising walks and canoe events, including 800 hours for the Hawkesbury Canoe Classic, and supporting the search in the remote and rugged Kanangra-Boyd National Park, among others.
A Barbeque for members is planned for Sunday 7 December here at Dural. This follows the debrief specifically for those who took part in the recent search.
Members should be aware that the this summer is expected to be both hotter and drier than last, with an associated increase in risk of fire, and fire severity.
WICEN has a twitter account: @wicennsw
Facebook users will find the official WICEN New South Wales page, an informal national WICEN group, and interstate groups.
WICEN ACT is part of the Canberra Region Amateur Radio Club, and supports events in the ACT and surrounding areas. The club's website at http://www.crarc.ampr.org includes details of both WICEN and general events, including training. The BMSC website indicates that the 2014 "Rallye des Femme" has been called off, but will be run in 2015.
WICEN Victoria will be supporting the YMCA Massive Murray Paddle between Yarrawonga and Swan Hill from Monday 24th to Friday 28th November, replacing the post Christmas event. See: http://www.vic.wicen.org.au for details.
Coming events include:
Induction Day at Morisset today
YMCA Massive Murray Paddle from Monday 24th to Friday 28th November
Members' Barbeque Lunch at Dural on Sunday 7 December
WICEN Stand at the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club Wyong Field Day 22 February 2015
Submitted by Julian Sortland VK2YJS on behalf of the WICEN State Management Committee.