HEARS stands ready, around the clock, to provide supplemental communications, internal, or hospital to hospital in times of disaster or emergencies.

Mass Casualties Scene
We're Looking for Volunteers
HEARS, is looking for volunteer Amateur Radio operators who wish to make a unique contribution to their communities in time of crisis. You will be trained on how to use the D-Star equipment.
Prospective members should be interested in public service and be willing to make a commitment to the support of hospitals. They should have the necessary mobility and equipment to respond to an emergency situation whenever and wherever it might occur in Brevard County. Members must be resourceful at getting to hospitals rapidly.
Hospitals with D-Star equipment installed or has Go Kits available when an emergency exist:
You may contact our professional certified team via E-Mail:
Bob, N6USP  Gary, KJ4BOJ  Mike, N1RFD
If you are interested in becoming part of this team of outstanding, "professional" communicators, contact Bob, our HEARS coordinator @ PH 321-362-5037 for more information.
We encourage other club's to participative and help contribute to your communities.
When disaster strikes, be ready to be part of the solution.
Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) is the nationwide public service® and emergency communications arm of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), which is the largest national association of Amateur Radio enthusiasts
HEARS will pass traffic to participating hospitals in Brevard County on the Brevard D-STAR KJ4OXT repeater located on SR 520 in Cocoa, FL. The antenna is approximately 190 ft. This will be the central hub for communications to the surrounding hospitals being supported by HDCS.
D-RATS multi-platform EmComm software will be use for emergency communications. The software provides the ARRL Radio-Grams, ICS 213 forms, Hospital Patient forms (HICS), Word Documents, and Excel Files for the Hospital Incident Command System to use.
D-Rats is a multi-platform integrated tool for emergency communications. Thanks to KK7DS for the development of this emergency communications software.
Developed for 1st Responders
Initially developed for the Washington County ARES/RACES group in Oregon, D-Rats quickly evolved into a full blown Multi-Platform EmComm software suite for Data Communications using D-Star radios.
Communications with outside agencies are also vital in a disaster. In the future, the Parris Emergency Communications Center (PECC) located at Parrish Medical Center will handle traffic though the Brevard D-Star repeater KJ4OXT directly to the Titusville Fire Dept, the American Red Cross and the Brevard County Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
First Call-Up responders are individuals whom hospitals will contact when there is a mass casualty incident or disaster or a internal phone outage. The first HARES responders that is contacted activates the additional members needed to provide an effective response to the affected hospital's.
HEARS members must be an ARES member, have a Brevard County background check, ARECC level 1 accreditation and the FEMA IS 100, 200, 700, 800 and attend the training seminars and hospital safety drills.
Data being sent to  Hospital
Data being sent back to the Triage Doctors
Emergency Amateur Radio Kits, called “Jump Kits”, are set up at participating Hospitals and taken to the “Disaster” site to provide Emergency Communications, from the scene back to the Hospital, providing encoded patient information while the patient is en-route to the Hospital.

The way this works is the triage team hands the on site radio operator a completed HICS 260 form regarding a casualty being transported to the participating Hospital. 

The radio operator then selects the corresponding HICS form from a data base on a laptop computer connected to the radio equipment.

The Hospital receives the patient information and is waiting for the arrival of the casualty.

The jump kits utilize a Digital radio system, with a connected laptop computer to send encoded HICS forms, stored in a data base on the laptop computer, then filled out with specific patient information.
In a widespread disaster such as a Hurricane, Tornado, Hazmat Incident or a terrorist attack, there is a need to communicate from the disaster site to a hospital in the most efficient, accurate, and confidential, (HIPA) method as possible.

During any of these situations, the commercial telephone/cellular systems may become unreliable.
HEARS stands ready, around the clock, to provide supplemental communications, internal, hospital to hospital, Mass Causalities Incident or interagency in times of disaster or emergency.
Disclaimer: This System and the procedures describe below are under design and development. Implementation will be at a future date
Health First Viera FL, March 27th 2011  Equipment installed
Parrish Medical Center Titusville FL September 23th 2014  Go KIts available till equipment is installed.
"ARES" Amateur Radio Emergency Service® is a registered trade mark of the American radio Relay League, Incorporated and is used by permission.