ARRL East Bay Section ARES® ("EB-ARES") is organized and managed as follows:
Each community (or group of smaller communities) is represented by an ARES Emergency Coordinator ("EC"). ARES is a bottom-up program; the ARES EC is the primary manager of ARES activities.
Each ARES EC has discretion to appoint any number of assistants. Each such Assistant Emergency Coordinator ("AEC") must have a stated specialty. The ARES EC may choose to appoint an ARES AEC to manage relations with each served agency in the community, and others to support nets, design and present exercises, organize recruiting, and manage other functions.
Official Emergency Stations (OESs) may be appointed. It is anticipated that an OES will include a fixed (base station) installation with capabilities that may contribute significantly to an emergency or disaster response. During an activation, an OES operator available for duty may be asked to operate from that station rather than travel to an incident scene.
Coordination of ARES activity within each of the three EB-ARES districts (Alameda, Contra Costa, and Northern) is managed by a District Emergency Coordinator ("DEC"). If a community has no ARES EC, the ARES DEC serves as EC for that community.
One or more Assistant District Emergency Coordinators ("ADECs") may be appointed. Any ARES ADECs would assist the DEC in managing one or more countywide issues, such as relations with a county-level served agency.
These EB-ARES leaders are supervised by the appointed Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), who reports to the Section Manager. One or more Assistant Section Emergency Coordinators ("ASECs") may be appointed. If a district has no ARES DEC, the SEC serves as DEC for that district.
Except for OES appointments, these are management positions, not operating or incident-response assignments. Each ARES leader from the ARES ECs upwards should plan on managing the entire ARES response within his or her jurisdiction, remaining available to all ARES served agencies, rather than becoming deeply involved in the specifics of any one operation. If a leader cannot do this, he or she should delegate that responsibility to another previously-appointed ARES leader.
Each ARES leader must have an active Technician-level Amateur Radio license or higher. Except for ARES AECs, each ARES leader must be a full member of the ARRL. Also except for ARES AECs, each EB-ARES leader is expected to become a Full Member of EB-ARES and to complete advanced course work as well. The advanced course work includes training in the management of volunteers.
ARES is an ARRL program; each ARES leader is appointed by and serves at the pleasure of the ARRL Section Manager.