Special Communications Unit:
The SCU provides radio operators for all forms of communications as well as providing supplemental communications to the Sheriff's Office. These supplemental communications include low band, UHF, VHF, HF, digital communications and repeater capabilities to First Responders, the Incident Command Post, and the Emergency Operations Center. SCU members staff both the EOC and the Incident Command Post as required and provide field communcations for the El Paso County Search and Rescue. You are not required to hold an FCC license to join the SCU but members are highly encouraged to test and obtain their license within one year of membership.
A component of the SCU is the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) unit. RACES, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the United States government, is part of the Amateur Radio Service that provides communication for civil-preparedness purposes only during periods of local, regional, or national civil emergencies. During times of federal emergencies RACES members are the only amateur radio operators allowed to transmit over federally specified frequencies. Only volunteers who hold a valid FCC license are able to join the RACES unit.
The SCU volunteers receive training in a variety of topics. They work very closely with the El Paso County Search and Rescue, Wildland Fire Crews, Civil Air Patrol, and the Sheriff's Dispatch Center. The SCU operates under the supervision and authority of the County Emergency Manager.
The SCU meets every 3rd Thursday of each month @ 7:00 pm at the El Paso County Emergency Operations Center.
To find out more about the Emergency Services Division, click on any of the links located below.