Pierce County Tower Trailer DEM


Western Washington Section

District 5

Serving the Communities of Pierce County




Upcoming ARES Drills


SET Exercise / Contest

1 October 2016 10:00 - 15:00L





 Video of W7EAT Field Day


About Us

When disaster strikes, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is there. Western Washington District 5 ARES serves the communities of Pierce County Washington. Our customers include Pierce County Department of Emergency Management, Camp Murray State EOC, the City of Puyallup Department of Emergency Management, Gig Harbor Fire District 5, the American Red Cross, Citizens Corps, CERT, as well as local hospitals, and other community  organizations.


ARES members prepare and make themselves and their radio equipment available in times of disaster - earthquake, flooding, volcanos, storms, and more.


ARES members participate in drills and exercises on a regular basis.  District 5 ARES also supports local events such as the March of Dimes walks and Sound to Narrows race.  Each June ARES members also participate in ARRL Field Day.  Members are encouraged to participate in local and District Meetings.  District meetings are the 3rd Thursday of every month at 7PM.  The location changes.  See above for the location of the next meeting.

Click Here to Register with ARES


Volunteer and Serve - Join ARES

If you are a licensed amateur radio operator you may become a member of ARES.  Please complete the application form and submit it today.   To obtain an emergency worker card to become field-deployable, please complete the following FEMA courses online at no cost. IS 100, 200, and 700 .  Some local agencies may require additional application material to be submitted.

For more information contact:

District Emergency Coordinator

Stan Nelson - K7DKK


Getting your license isn't difficult!  Pass a 35 question multiple choice test and you're on your way.  Click on the class link to the right for information on upcoming classes.  Exam times and locations are on the link below.



Resources and Information

Next Meeting


Monthly Meetings


Monthly meeting are held on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7PM.  They are held at the Pierce County EOC 2501 S 35th St, Tacoma. 

ARES Frequency List

ARES Field Resources Manual

Washington State ARES

Licensing Classes

License Exams


Departments of Emergency Management

     Pierce County

     City of Puyallup

     Camp Murray EOC


Radio Jump/Go Kits


Member Portal - Files & Plans






Comm Academy


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