The Radio Amateur Radio Civil Emergency Service (RACES), has been active in Fort Worth since July 1971. Licensed amateur radio operators who live, or work or in Tarrant County volunteer their time for training in the National Weather Service Skywarn Weather Spotter Program. Skywarn trained spotters deploy around the county to provide "Ground Truth" to the National Weather service at times of severe weather that can effect the residents of Tarrant County. The RACES Liaison Officer is a part time employee of the City of Fort Worth Fire Department's Office of Emergency Management.
The City of Fort Worth has been the sponsor of the program from it's inception and provides operational, logistical and financial support. Members of the RACES program are also enrolled and part of the American Radio Relay League's Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). ARES operations and support are available for supporting community service events and other opportunities for training purposes.
The mission of Fort Worth RACES:
1. Provide Skywarn trained, amateur radio operators, (spotters), when activated by the National Weather Service. These spotters will obtain and disseminate severe weather observations, warnings and other “ground truths” to the National Weather Service, Emergency Management and other served agencies, using designated amateur radio communications nets on a county wide basis.
2. Provide trained and vetted amateur radio operators to provide communications and support functions when requested by the Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management in support of any mission.
The mission of Tarrant County ARES:
1. To serve as a key coordinating point for amateur radio operators in Tarrant county who want to volunteer their equipment, knowledge, experience and other resources in an emergency or public service event.