About RECS


Renton Emergency Communication Service (RECS) is a team of licensed and trained amateur radio volunteers who provide emergency radio communications. RECS members are all registered State of Washington Emergency Workers, have passed background checks, and completed basic ICS certifications. Advanced training is ongoing with clearly structured training processes designed with performance standards, accountability, policies, procedures, management, and supervision for members to serve effectively in the emergency role.


RECS operates under the direction of the City of Renton Office of Emergency Management. We operate using the Incident Command System in compliance with the National Incident Management System. RECS is an official ARES and RACES team.


To use our amateur radio skills to gather information and provide communication during an event that overwhelms existing City of Renton emergency service resources.

Mobile Communications Response Unit (MCRU)

RECS also manages the Mobile Communication Response Unit (MCRU), owned by the City of Renton, which can be deployed to set up emergency communications in the field or in support of a backup EOC. The MCRU is available for use by any department in the city for the purpose of using as a power source, shelter, or portable and universal (not only amateur radio) modular communication support.