The All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader (COML) course trains emergency responders to serve as radio communications unit leaders during all-hazards emergency operations. COML responsibilities include developing plans to effectively use incident communications equipment and facilities, managing distribution of communications equipment to incident personnel, and coordinating the installation and testing of communications equipment.
To attend this course, applicants must have the following prerequisites.
- A public safety communications background with exposure to field operations; this experience should be validated by the authority who supervises the applicant.
- Basic knowledge of local communications and communications systems; frequencies and spectrum; technologies; local topography; system site locations including knowledge of state, regional, and local communication plans; and communications and resource contacts.
- Completion ofthe following FEMA training courses:
o IS-I00.b, Introduction to the ICS
o IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
o ICS-300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
o IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
o IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF), an Introduction
- In addition, ICS-400, Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents, is recommended.