How To Join CRU
The Communications Reserve Unit is currently recruiting individuals who have an interest in serving the citizens of the State of California with Emergency Communications capability in time of emergency. Cal-OES CRU is a specialized disaster response public safety communications service whose primary mission is to support Cal OES. It is also the States Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service (RACES) Unit.
Applicants to CRU must be at least 18 years of age, and in good physical condition. While many of our CRU members are licensed Amateur Radio Operators, a license is not required to become a member.
We, of course, expect you to volunteer your time. By registering with us you are obligating yourself to this. In many cases you can fit this time into your schedule. Not always though as incidents, emergencies and disasters know no time schedule. Those that are still working for a living may be requested to donate some of your vacation time in these cases. While some of our members respond to deployments in the field, such as search and rescue missions, wildfires or other natural disasters, some of our members prefer administrative assignments allowing them to work from home (a limited number) or operational assignments from our regional facilities*.
We require an initial response time of 1.25 hours or so. Some of our activations require us to be at or deployable from our regional facilities* within two hours.
*Headquarters, Inland Administrative Region & MAR IV at Mather (Sacramento County), Redding - MAR III (Shasta County) and Fresno - MAR V (Fresno County) and Southern Administrative Region, MARs I & VI, at Los Alamitos (Orange County), and the Coastal Administrative Region, MAR II, at Walnut Creek (Contra Costa County).
In addition to providing emergency communications, CRU works with our Emergency Communications partners such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, local RACES units, the American Red Cross, Civil Air Patrol, the California National Guard as well as Non-Governmental Organizations to develop cooperative agreements and partnerships.
This also requires training in the Incident Command System, policies and procedures, both administrative and in the use of equipment.
If you have an interest in joining our CRU team, please fill out the form below and click the submit button and a CRU representative will contact you.
We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Please read our [Frequently Asked Questions] BEFORE you submit your information below.
California Governor's Office of Emergency Services
3650 Schriever Ave.
Mather, CA 95655
24 Hour Warning Center - (916) 845-8911