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The Office of Emergency Management is planning for emergencies within the city but it is important for every citizen to do their part as well. We would like to encourage you to learn about emergencies and how they may affect you as well as knowing what to do in case something like this occurs. When disaster strikes everyone is affected. It takes a community effort to help our fellow citizens in Mesquite and around our state. Mesquite’s Office of Emergency Management would like to recognize and encourage citizens to get involved locally.


Fire Corps

The mission of the Mesquite Fire Corps is to support and enhance the Mesquite Fire Department utilizing volunteers through continuing education and community service.

All members have graduated from the Citizens Fire Academy or are retired public safety professionals.

If interested in applying for the Mesquite Citizens Fire Academy, please click here .

Fire Corps members are involved in the following functions:

  • Support First Responders on emergency scenes with food and drink.
  • Aid the Office of Emergency Management with disaster response.
  • Aid with Fire Department public education events.




R.A.C.E.S

The Mesquite Emergency Communication Group or Mesquite EMCOM is a volunteer group that provides communications capability for the City of Mesquite when requested by the City. The volunteers are FCC licensed radio operators of the Amateur Radio Service and are organized as Mesquite R.A.C.E.S and Mesquite ARES. Both R.A.C.E.S. and ARES serve the Mesquite Office of Emergency Management for various tasks when requested officially by the City.

One of the primary functions of Mesquite R.A.C.E.S is to respond when activated by the City and the National Weather Service to threatening weather conditions and provide observations as trained weather spotters to the City, the National Weather Service, and other served agencies in Dallas County. Other duties of these communications volunteers may include logistical and other communications capabilities when normal services are under duress or when needed for additional capacity.


Membership in Mesquite R.A.C.E.S. requires the following:

  1. Demonstrate a willingness to prepare for and participate in emergency communication events.
  2. A willingness to equip one’s self with knowledge, skills, and equipment to meet basic mission requirements.
  3. Possess a valid Amateur Radio Operator’s License for two-meter operation.
  4. Own a two-meter FM transceiver appropriate for RACES operations.
  5. Live in or be able to respond to activations in Mesquite.
  6. Completion of FEMA NIMS IS-100, IS-700 and IS-800 courses. Course material may be found at
    http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/NIMSTrainingCourses.shtm












    Requests for applications may be made through the Mesquite R.A.C.E.S. Radio Officer, Craig A. Green at kv5e@arrl.net or 972-270-8234.