TRAINING ANNOUNCEMENT: Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course (Type III)


October 4, 2017


Communications Unit Leader (COML) Course (Type III)
December 12-14, 2017

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.

CLASS 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.

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/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 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.

COURSE LOCATION: The course will be held at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer, Maine. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Lunch and breaks will be provided. Lodging is available to State and municipal students travelling more than 50 miles from their work base. All other expenses are the responsibility of the student.

For further information, please contact Steve @ MEMA.

All applications should be submitted by email/fax via FEMA 119-25-1 training application form.

FEMA form can be found at:



Steve @ MEMA
1-800-452-8735 or 207-624-4400 or fax 207-287-3178