Communications Unit Technician (COMT) Course

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Communications Unit Technician (COMT) Course
Date: 9/9/2019 - 9/13/2019
Location: Bismarck

Communications Unit Technician Training will be held Sept 9-13, 2019 at the Quality Inn, 1030 E Interstate Ave., Bismarck, ND. Class start time will be 8:00 a.m. daily and end time will be 5:00 p.m. 

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 state/territory, tribal, urban, and local emergency response professionals and support personnel in all disciplines who have a technical communications background.
The course must have a minimum of 8 vetted/qualified students identified in advance prior to the course being conducted.

Prerequisites for attendance are: 
Personal experience: 
A public safety background with experience in field operations
A technical communication backgrounds
Awareness of fundamental public safety communications technology
Basic knowledge of applicable Communications Plan

Must have completed the following on-line courses from the FEMA/EMI website:
IS-100, Introduction to the ICS
IS-200, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
IS-700, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
IS-800, National Response Framework (NRF)

Familiarity with the pre-course reading materials which will be provided to registrants prior to the scheduled training.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Comfort Suites, 919 Gateway Ave., Bismarck. Call 701-223-4009 and ask for the "DES Comm T" block. Partial travel reimbursement may be available for ND residents directly involved in local, county, or state response to disasters. 

Questions may be directed to Brenda Vossler or Larry Regorrah.


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