What We Do

At various key locations around Kitsap County, pre-staged equipment is ready so that when called upon KARS volunteers can provide communications support during an emergency or disaster.

Another aspect to amateur radio is our ability to set up communications posts wherever needed.  Most amateur-radio operators have their own equipment, fixed, mobile, and portable.  This ability to establish communications from anywhere to anywhere at any time is a valuable resource to our served agencies and the community.

Test all of your equipment and your ability to operate from home, while mobile, and/or by setting up a portable communications station in the field.  Check your home, your car, your grab-and-go bag (a collection of equipment you can take to an incident scene in order to set up communications).  Ensure you are ready to respond when called.

In recent meetings with our served agencies, discussions included scenarios where amateur radio operators might be requested to provide communications support in the field.  Let’s make sure we are ready to do that!

Our Mission

The mission of the Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service is to provide communication support to government and other supported organizations during periods of local, regional or national emergencies.

“When Everything Else Fails, Amateur Radio often times is our last line of defense…When you need amateur radio, you really need them.”

— The Hon. W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, US Department of Homeland Security, FEMA

What We’ve Achieved

  • Staged equipment at fire stations, schools, hospitals and water districts throughout Kitsap County
  • Participated in emergency preparedness exercises like Cascadia Rising, 2016 and quarterly Washington DEM exercises
  • Provided comms at local public-service events like Chilly Hilly bike race, Hot Foot 5k Run, American Cancer Society Ride Around the Sound
  • Conducted training
  • Coordinated inter-operation with Red Cross and other disaster-relief agencies


Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service

Kitsap Auxiliary Radio Service
c/o Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management
911 Carver Street
Bremerton, WA   98312
(360) 307-5871


General Inquiries

Emergency Worker Cards

Solar panels for emergency radio communication
Solar panels for emergency radio communication


Articles and comments containing any of the following forms of content shall not be allowed:

  • Comments not topically related to the particular social medium article being commented upon
  • Comments in support of or opposition to political campaigns or ballot measures
  • Profane language or content
  • Content that promotes, fosters, or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation
  • Sexual content or links to sexual content
  • Solicitations of commerce
  • Conduct or encouragement of illegal activity
  • Information that may tend to compromise the safety or security of the public or public systems
  • Content that violates a legal ownership interest of any other party