The ability of responders to work together across agencies during emergency incidents of all types depends heavily on their ability to communicate. Those communications must follow a well-regulated command structure that establishes roles, responsibilities, and well-understood mechanisms for managing the complexity of the multiagency response. The mission of the State of Indiana ICS Communications Unit program is to provide personnel trained in the roles and responsibilities of ICS Communications Unit positions for deployment to disasters or planned events. IPSC-sponsored programs include Communications Leader (COML) training, Communications Technician (COMT) training, and Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM) training.
Steps to Become a Communications Leader
- Complete all necessary training, including IS 100, 200, 700, 800, 802, ICS 300 and E/L-969 (All Hazards Communication Unit Leader Course).
- Request a Position Task Book (PTB) from the Integrated Public Safety Commission (IPSC). The PTB contains 27 critical tasks a COML applicant must complete to demonstrate job proficiency.
- To request a Position Task Book, email Steve Skinner
- A copy of the task book, for reference only, is available here .
- Complete the COML Application. A copy of the COML Application Toolkit is available here.
- Submit completed Application and Position Task Book with necessary endorsements (letter from sponsoring agency or incident management team) .
- Approval: The COML review committee will review the candidate's submitted materials to confirm that the candidate has met all prerequisites, completed training and completed a taskbook as specified above.
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