Ohio 'ham' radio group relayed dispatch information during 911 outage
County emergency management activated amateur radio experts to relay information about fire and police personnel
By Lroen Genson
MEDINA, Ohio — If you need help, you call 911. When the 911 operators need help, they call on members of a local amateur radio group — the Medina Emergency Communications Amateur Radio Service.
“When all else fails, we can always get through,” said Medina resident Doug McClure, a member of the group who came to the aid of county officials Jan. 13 when 911 services went down countywide.
McClure got his amateur radio license about three years ago and he is a member of the Medina 2 Meter Amateur Radio group. Many members of the group participate on the county’s emergency communications team.