It never ceases to amaze me, the garbage that is spewed from non-elected officials with grandiose sounding titles. It seems that the lunatics are now running the asylum. Has anyone read the RAC Bulletin - 2011-043E - issued on the 7th December?
Do these individuals who have made this decision, outlined in that RAC Bulletin, really think that this will stop the idiots and trouble makers from showing up at a disaster site? Let's face it, anyone can buy a safety vest and buy the black letters to iron on "Emergency Communications" across the back. Well pilgrims, here's a news flash: Nothing is ever going to stop that! I'm sorry, but the real bottom line to this issue is all about who is in charge - it's a control issue, and it's about who can build their empire first!
Of course I could be wrong, and this could simply be a case of "small penis syndrome", you know, the condition which compels some men to overcompensate their lack of manhood by trying to overachieve in other areas..........well pilgrims, it isn't working!
How about instead of empire building over who gets to wear what piece of ARES branded clothing, RAC officials should be working hard to develop a simple and basic ARES course that can be taught at the local level? In fact you would think that would be a pretty high priority wouldn't you? Apparently not.
How about having the RAC officials stop worrying about who is RAC affiliated and who is not. ARES or EmComm, we're all out there doing the same job! Do RAC officials really think that governments, at any level, will worry about whether the person working the radio is affiliated to RAC or not? Most of them don't know what RAC is, and more to the point they don't give a damn!
Let's stop kidding ourselves here, the RAC system is broke and is way beyond fixing. The officials who run RAC are constantly complaining that they cannot get enough volunteers to run the organization. I wonder why that is? Could it be that everyone else has recognized the fact that RAC has tipped too far and is beyond saving and therefore won't waste their time with it, or could it be that they simply don't want to work with the current board?
RAC needs to put a stop to ARES groups that exist in name only, or local clubs that have an authorized ARES group and an appointed EC, but who hold no meetings or regular training, and who have no, or very few, trained ARES members to back them up. I'm all for RAC sorting that mess out! These are the groups and individuals who give ARES a bad rap!
Does RAC even know how many ARES groups are actually out there and have been authorized over the years? Do they know which groups have never conducted training? Which groups have never taken part in a SET? How many never submitt a monthly report? If not they should, but I think the truthful answer would be that they have no clue.
The story of RAC ARES is like that of the little Dutch boy sticking his finger in the hole in the dyke, and that is too little......too late.