This class provides introductory and refresher training for the NIMS ICS COMT position. It introduces public safety professionals and support staff to various communications concepts and technologies including interoperable communications solutions, LMR communications, satellite, telephone, data, and computer technologies used in incident response and planned events. Participants develop the essential core competencies required for performing the duties of the COMT in an all-hazards incident, including responsibilities while operating in a local, regional, or State-level All-Hazards Incident Management Team.
The course is instructor-led and supports learning through discussion, lecture, participation in multiple activities, and hands-on lab work to explain processes used for establishment and operation of the technical communications resources for an incident or planned event. The course provides a realistic, hands-on approach to mastering the tasks and skills of a COMT. It is designed for emergency response professionals and support personnel in all disciplines who have a technical communications background.
This course is five days long and is limited to 16 students.
To attend this course, applicants must have the following prerequisites:
• Have a technical communications background
• Have an awareness of fundamental public safety communications technology
• Completion of the following FEMA independent study (IS) training courses ( current versions required, the letter after the course number is significant):
o IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
o IS-200, Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200
o IS-700, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
o IS-800, National Response Framework, An Introduction
• Familiarity with pre-course reading materials found at https://www.cisa.gov/safecom/comutraining-resources. Click on "All-Hazard Communications Technician (COMT) Pre-course Study Guide".