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How To Join CRU

The Communications Reserve Unit (CRU) is currently recruiting individuals who have an interest in serving the citizens of the State of California with Emergency Communications capabilities in times of incidents, emergencies, and disasters. The Cal-OES CRU is a specialized disaster response public safety communications unit whose primary mission is to support Cal OES. It is also the States Radio Amateur Communications Emergency Service (RACES) Unit. It is not a club.

Applicants to the CRU must be at least 18 years of age, and in good physical condition. While many of our CRU members are licensed (under CFR Part 97) Amateur Radio Operators, a license is not required to become a member.

We, of course, expect that you will volunteer your time toward achieving our missions. By registering with us you are obligating yourself to do this. In many cases you can fit this time into your schedule. This can sometimes be difficult though as incidents, emergencies and disasters know no time schedule. Those that are still working for a living are expected to donate some of your vacation time in these cases. While some of our members respond to deployments in the field (some camping out required), such as search and rescue missions, wildfires or other natural disasters a limited number of our members will be selected for administrative assignments allowing them to work from home or operational assignments from home and our regional facilities*.

We require a maximum initial response time of 1.25 hours or so. Some of our activations require us to be at, or deployable or operational from our regional facilities* within two hours.

In addition to providing emergency communications (the vast majority under CFR Part 90 Land Mobile Service radio) and commercial satellite and mobile phone equipment for use by public safety agencies statewide, the CRU works with our Emergency Communications partners such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, local RACES units, the American Red Cross, the Civil Air Patrol, the Military Affiliated Radio System, the California National Guard as well as Non-Governmental Organizations to develop cooperative agreements and partnerships.

All of these positions also require interviews, training in the Incident Command System, meeting certain driving requirements and passing a DMV background check as well as following policies and procedures, both administrative and in the installation and operation of our equipment.

*Headquarters (Mather, Sacramento County), Inland Administrative Region & Region IV at Sequoia Pacific (Sacramento City and County), Redding - Region III (Shasta County) and Fresno - Region V (Fresno County) and Southern Administrative Region, MARs I & VI, at Los Alamitos (Orange County), and the Coastal Administrative Region, Region II, at Walnut Creek (Contra Costa County).



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We are currently are recruiting for the following positions


Administrative Officer


- Sacramento (Clerical)


Deputy CRU MAR Officer


- Mutual Aid Region 1 (Command Staff)


Deputy CRU MAR Officer


- Mutual Aid Region 2 (Commnad Staff)


Deputy CRU MAR Officer


- Mutual Aid Region 3 (Command Staff) URGENT !


CRU MAR Officer


- Mutual Aid Region 4 (Commnad Staff) URGENT !


Deputy CRU MAR Officer


- Mutual Aid Region 6 (Command Staff)


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 1 (Entry Level)


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 2 (Entry Level)


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 3 (Entry Level)


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 4 (Entry Level) URGENT !


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 5 (Entry Level)


Communications Specialist


- Mutual Aid Region 6 (Entry Level)

   



(Note: Command Staff positions are usually filled by recruitments from regular CRU staff.)

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.













  [ PLEASE NOTE: If you only wish to work for the SOCC / Headquarters in Sacramento County or statewide,
  and NOT within a Field Region, then for "County:", PLEASE SELECT SOCC / HQ Only





* Please note: You do not need to be a licensed amateur radio operator to join the CRU






When you have entered your information, please click the Submit Info button below.
 


    

 


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For more information regarding the CRU / ACS program, contact the following:

Bill Pennington:    Chief CRU / MAR Officer

Bill Lewis:     Deputy Chief CRU / MAR Officer (North)

Tim Peters:     Deputy Chief CRU / MAR Officer (South)

John Hudson:    CRU / ACS Program Administrator