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Communications Technician Training

The All-Hazards Communications Technician (COMT) course trains emergency responders on practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians during all-hazards emergency operations. This course will help communications technicians work within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure.

The COMT course is intended for federal, state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with communications backgrounds. Individuals who are responsible for managing a Strategic Technology Reserve (radio cache, mobile communications vehicle, or other deployable communications assets) are encouraged to attend. This course is targeted to students who have technical aptitude, but not necessarily strong technical experience.

Class Prerequisites

All-Hazards COMT candidates must have the following prerequisites to attend the course:

  • A public safety communications background with exposure to field operations.
  • Fundamental public safety communications technology awareness.
  • Basic knowledge of local communications and communications systems; frequencies and spectrum; technologies; local topography; system site locations including knowledge of state, regional, and local communication plans; and communications and resource contacts.
  • Completion of the following training courses:
    • ICS-100
    • ICS-200
    • IS-700
    • IS-800
    • ICS-300 (strongly recommended for students, but not required)
  • A written recommendation from the student’s supervisor attesting that the student possesses the knowledge listed above.

The COMT course is available through the  2012 OEC Technical Assistance Catalog (PDF, 84 pages - 2.61 MB).

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Last Published Date: January 11, 2013
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