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New Training Announcement: Communications Unit Leader Course COML (Type III)


November 4, 2011


January 3, 4, 5, 2012; Hampden, Maine

Course Description:

The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting 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.

Course Objectives:

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, tribal and federal cross disciplinary emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with a communication background. Students will represent NIMS compliant jurisdictions with need to obtain COML training.

Course Location:

The course will be held at the Town of Hampden Public Safety facility in Hampden, ME located at 106 Western Avenue. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided; lodging is available upon qualification please contact MEMA training for prior approval. This class is eligible for reimbursement of backfill/overtime to the sponsoring jurisdiction please contact MEMA Statewide Interoperable Communication Coordinator for questions or further information

How to Apply:

Applications will be accepted via FEMA 119-25-1 training application form available on the MEMA website and emailed or faxed to Mike Grant, STO.



Mike Grant, MEMA


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