The Amateur Radio Emergency ServiceĀ® (ARES) of Fairfax County, Virginia is an organization of licensed Amateur Radio Service operators who volunteer time and resources to provide communications support when disaster strikes. The organization provides support to citizens of Fairfax County and neighboring jurisdictions, as required, to serve the public interest. Its members train, prepare and work together to develop and maintain the technical and operational skills required to ensure individual and team effectiveness in communicating under adverse conditions. The organization demonstrates and improves proficiency through public service events, public safety exercises, and emergency operations.

Fairfax County ARES is also registered with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management as a Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) organization, should the need to operate under RACES rules ever arises.

ARES is a program of the American Radio Relay League, and Fairfax County ARES will abide by the Rules and Regulations of the ARRL’s Field Organization, as they may be amended from time to time, and by ARRL policies, rules, and guidelines contained in ARRL publications.

“ARES” and “Amateur Radio Emergency Service” are registered servicemarks of the American Radio Relay League, Incorporated and are used with their permission.