The WCSO Auxiliary Communications Service is a team of volunteers that serve the emergency communications needs of the Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management (a part of the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office).

The ACS mission is to assist the Whatcom County Sheriff, deputies and staff with communications both during disaster and emergency response.  The scope of the ACS mission includes:

    Disaster Response- The Sheriff is the Director of Emergency Management for Whatcom County, which is part of Whatcom Unified Emergency Management (WUEM) along with the City of Bellingham.  The ACS provides communications and technical volunteers to work both within Emergency Coordination Center and in the field.  ACS members may also be considered for positions on the Type 4 Incident Management Team which serves the Unified Command.

    Incident Response- The Sheriff's Office owns a rapid response communications vehicle which will be operated and maintained by ACS staff.  This vehicle may be deployed in emergency law enforcement support roles as well as disaster response.

    Technical Advisors- ACS volunteers make themselves available to consult with the Sheriff, Command Staff, and Unified Emergency Management Staff on matters of communications and related technical/computer systems for planning and implementation.

Twitter: #WhatcomACS

All Whatcom ACS members are urged to become members of ARES.  Visit their web page at  The ARES application for can be downloaded and emailed to either address at that web page.

Emergency Communications in Whatcom County

Are you interested in using your amateur radio skills and equipment for public service?  GREAT! Please consider joining one or more of these Whatcom County organizations. All of them welcome new members and will provide training and opportunities to exercise your communications skills.

Blaine Auxiliary Communications Service - Affiliated with the Blaine Department of Public Safety.  Serving the City of Blaine. Website: Contact Email: (Chris Doutre)

Chuckanut Auxiliary Communications Service - Affiliated with South Whatcom Fire Authority. Serving the Western South Whatcom Fire District.  Web Page:    

Ferndale Auxiliary Communications Service - Affiliated with Ferndale Police Department.  Serving the City of Ferndale.  Facebook:  Email:

Sudden Valley Auxiliary Communications Service - Affiliated with South Whatcom Fire Authority. Serving the Eastern South Whatcom Fire District.  Web page:  SV Radio Club listing on the ARRL’s website:

Whatcom Emergency Communications Group / Whatcom County ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) - This is a non-governmental organization that provides communications support for many private and government agencies in Whatcom County, including Whatcom County Sheriff Search and Rescue, City of Belllingham Fire Department, American Red Cross, Volunteer Mobilization Center, and others.  Many members of WECG/ARES are also active members of one or more other emergency communications groups in the county. Go to for more information and email links.

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