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Training Announcement: Communications Unit Leader (Type III)


August 14, 2012


The Maine Emergency Management Agency will be conducting the All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML) Class September 18-20, 2012 in Ellsworth, Maine.

The 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.

Pre-Course Work/Prerequisites:

Each student should be familiar with their Tactical Interoperable Communications Plan (TIC Plan) and/or their state/regional/local Communication Plan and communication assets. Students should 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.

Location and Schedule:

The course will be held at Jasper’s Restaurant Conference Room on High St.(Route 1/3) in Ellsworth, Tuesday through Thursday, September 18-20. 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. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

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



Mike Grant or Steve Mallory
207-624-4400 / FAX 207-287-3178


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