Responder Credentials

Chester County ARES/RACES members are eligible to receive credentials from the Chester County
Department of Emergency Services. The badge is required for unattended access to DES facilities,
including the Emergency Operations Center at the Government Services Center in West Chester,
and the CCAR Operations Room.

Any CCAR member that will be work in the EOC MUST be properly credentialed, and should wear
their assigned photo ID badges while in a County facility.
Note: Members without County credentials are still
permitted to work in the CCAR Operations Center (RM 026), but should be accompanied by a CCAR member with

Credentialing requires that you have your fingerprints taken, a background check performed,
and completion of an on-line CJIS Training course when directed by CCDES.

If you decide that you no longer want to be an active member of CCAR, you must return any
issued badge immediately to either the current CCAR EC, or directly to DES.

The process for badging is as follows:

  1. Complete Finger Print Release form (attachment "Finger Print Release Form")
    You must be logged in in order to get access to the forms.
  2. Submit your completed form to:

  3. Valerie Peck
    Chester County Department of Emergency Services, suite 012
    Government Services Center
    601 Westtown Rd
    West Chester, PA 19380

  4. A background check will be conducted by Chester County Department of Emergency Services and on successful completion you will be notified to proceed with finger printing at one of the locations indicated. (Attachment "Fingerprinting Locations")

    For fingerprinting at the Justice Center in West Chester, you should Call Deputy Jackson in the Sheriff's Office
    at 610-344-6525 and make arrangements to get your prints taken.

  5. Return your completed set of finger prints to Valerie Peck at the address above.
  6. Phone Valerie Peck 610-344-5075 to make an appointment to have your Photo taken at the Government Services Center.
  7. Completed badges will be delivered to the CCAR Emergency Coordinator and distributed to you.

Information last updated: December 2018