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COML Unit Leader Type III Training (COML)


April 14, 2009


U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Emergency Management Training Announcement

June 23-24-25, 2009

Through the Office of Emergency Communications Interoperable Communications Technical Assistance Program (OEC/ICTAP), the All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) Class is available to provide DHS approved National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant Communications Unit Leader (COML) instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response.


  • Identify the functions of the Communications Unit and the duties and responsibilities of the COML.
  • Arrive at an all-hazards incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a COML.
  • Plan, organize staff, manage, and demobilize the communications unit in a safe and effective manner to meet the needs of the incident.
  • Coordinate with the incident sections, appropriate communications personnel (e.g., communications coordinators), and other agencies to assist in accomplishing the overall incident objectives.
  • Design, order, and ensure the installation and maintenance of all communications systems.
  • Maintain accountability of assigned communications equipment.
  • Maintain accountability of assigned communications equipment.

TARGET AUDIENCE: The COML class is targeted for all local, regional, state and federal cross disciplinary emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with a communication background. Students will represent NIMS compliant jurisdictions with a population of 4000 minimum. Course will be delivered in Train the Trainer format and students will be expected to conduct courses within their respective regions upon return.

PRE-COURSE WORK/PRE-REQUISITES: Each student should be familiar with their Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TIC Plan) and/or their state/regional/local Communication Plan and communication assets. You must have completed IS-100, IS-200, ICS-300, IS-700, and IS-800 prior to attending this course. Proof of completion of these courses must be provided upon application.

COURSE LOCATION: The course will be held at the Holiday Inn in Waterville ME which is located off Exit 130 (Route 104) in Waterville. Classes will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, breaks and meals will be provided. Lodging will be available for those traveling 50 miles to attend the course, lodging the night before the class is available on for those traveling 100 miles, please call MEMA for prior approval. This class is eligible for reimbursement of backfill/overtime to the sponsoring jurisdiction. Contact MEMA Interoperable Communication Division for questions or further information

All applications should be submitted via FEMA 75-5 training application form found at the MEMA website or can be obtained through your County EMA Office.






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