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Baltimore County Auxiliary  Communications Service (BaCo ACS)) is a Baltimore County  based unit of the Maryland Auxiliary 112506_Phil_oper2_smCommunications Service, a 501(C)3, non-profiit. BaCo ACS personnel are trained and  to provide backup and supplemental communications support for government agencies, civil-preparedness groups and relief agencies during periods of local, regional, or national civil emergencies. This may include situations such as power failures, explosions, fires, floods, hurricanes, winter storms, pandemics, earthquakes or terrorist activities.

To accomplish its mission, BaCo ACSWomanHT-1 employs a variety of skilled unpaid (volunteer) professionals, including administrative, technical, and operational, to provide emergency tactical, administrative, and logistical communications between the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, County agencies, Hospitals, shelters, surrounding counties, the state and neighboring state agencies.

Baltimore County ACS removes  the false concept that a volunteer communications reserve utilizes only Amateur Radio Service resources and frequencies in support of government and agency communications.  While the organization relies heavily on Amateur Radio Service resources, the baCo ACS incorporates other technologies, volunteers and resources.

The organization brings together personnel (volunteers) from the following diverse organizations:

  • Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®)
  • Radio Emergency Associated Communications Teams (REACT®)
  • Citizen Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors
  • Non affiliated and affiliated disaster aid volunteers

The absolute objective of the Auxiliary Communications Service is to provide the highest standard of communications interoperability support to the citizens of Baltimore County and, when called upon, surrounding jurisdictions.


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Baltimore  County Auxiliary Communications Service
Hunt Valley, MD 21031