Category Archives: Newsletter 2017.05

ICS Forms and USNG Mapping

In debriefing last year’s simulated dispatch, there was broad agreement that we can use more training on the utilization of ICS/NIMS forms. We also proved that USNG mapping was a simple and effective method of communicating geographic coordinates and plotting landmarks.

Next Thursday, we will take a more in-depth look at both of these elements as we prepare for our next simulated dispatch. If you would like to learn more about using ICS forms and USNG mapping techniques, join us at Central Fire Station on May 11th @ 6:30 PM.

Have you voted? (UPDATED)


The City Council Place 2 race has advanced to a runoff between Tabassum Ahmad and Carl Clemencich. Early voting for the runoff begins May 30 and runs through June 6. Election day is June 10. You can vote at City Hall and expect a very short line. VOTE!

Candidate # of Votes % of Total
Tabassum Ahmad 1401 29.58%
Carl Clemencich 2059 43.48%
Shirley Mangrum 1276 26.94%

Allen Elections

Early voting for the Allen mayoral and city council race is underway. For this race, the only polling location in Allen is at City Hall. Early voting hours and additional details are posted here:

The candidates for Mayor and City Council Place 2 are as follows (click each name to visit campaign website):


Steve Terrell (incumbent)
Naomi Emmett

Councilmember Place 2

Tabassum “Munia” Ahmad
Carl Clemencich
Shirley Mangrum

Click here to see a sample ballot

Chris DeBord Retirement Party

Join us Friday May 5th, 4:00-6:00 PM at Central Fire Station to celebrate Captain Chris DeBord’s 21-year service to the City of Allen.

Captain DeBord has been a long-time and dedicated champion of community service programs such as CERT and CFA, and has directly engaged in our CERT program through Basic Training, Continuing Education classes, and ad hoc consulting. Chris has also contributed many great ideas to our annual disaster simulation and is always offering up his time to share his expertise.

Chris has specifically asked that CERT, CFA, and Rehab be invited to this event so let’s show him how much we have appreciated his service to our program and our community.

Recurring CERT Net

Allen CERT Amateur Radio Net

Join us the 1st and 3rd Tuesday evening of every month, 8:00-9:00 PM, for an amateur radio net aimed at training CERT responders in general radio practice and net control operations. The first net launches April 4th!

The net is hosted on the Allen CERT repeater; 441.300 MHz with a positive transmit offset and a PL tone of 179.9 Hz. If your radio was programmed by someone on the CERT communications team, the repeater is set as channel 004. A web chat will accompany the net so that non-licensees and/or non-equipped operators can still participate. If you do not have a Google/GMail account, one must be created (free of charge) in order to take advantage of this feature.

This net will have an informal agenda on the 1st Tuesday to provide enough time and opportunity for all operators to key their microphones and put some duty cycle on their equipment. However, the 3rd Tuesday of each month, the net will transform to a formal training that puts more focus on specific topics and may include guest speakers.


1st & 3rd Tuesday 8:00 – 9:00 PM


Allen CERT Repeater 441.300 MHz+, 179.9 Hz
Online Click the video chat link in the calendar event
Lucas Repeater (alternate) 442.2125 MHz+, 91.5 Hz


Flyer Click here
Script Click here
Minutes/Recordings Click here