WFCA – Communications Unit Leader Training (COML)
Date: September 25-28, 2023
Course Times: Monday, 9/25: 9 AM – 5 PM & Tuesday-Thursday 9/26-9/28: 8 AM – 5 PM
Note: Registration to for Public Safety Broadband Technology Association’s (PSBTA) FirstNet Users Summit not required to access to this course.
Room: Sonoma B
This course is designed for all Federal, State/Territory, tribal, regional, and local emergency response professionals and support personnel who have an emergency communications background. It is designed to familiarize them with the role and responsibilities of a COML under the National Incident Management System Incident Command System (NIMS ICS). CISA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute have integrated the COML curriculum to jointly offer a standardized All-Hazards COML course.
To attend this course, applicants must have the following prerequisites:
- A public safety communications background with exposure to field operations; this experience should be validated by the authority who supervises the applicant.
- 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 FEMA training courses:
- IS-100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
- IS-200, Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response
- ICS-300, Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents
- IS-700, An Introduction to the National Incident Management System
- IS-800, National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction
In addition, ICS-400, Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents, is recommended, but not required.
Course Dates and Location
This COML course is offered 25-28 September 2023 2023 at the SouthPoint Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, NV. There is no charge for this training, and course materials will be provided by CISA. All travel/per diem costs are the responsibility of the individual student’s agency.
Students must obtain a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number from the Center for Domestic Preparedness in order to complete the online prerequisites and register for this COML course. To register for a SID, applicants should go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register. Applicants will receive the SID via email.
Applicants should submit the signed copy of the FEMA General Admissions Application form with scanned copies of all prerequisite Certificates of Completions, for IS/ICS prerequisite courses, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The only required signatures on this form are the student’s (below paragraph 21d.) and their supervisor’s (in block 22a.) before submitting it to the above e-mail address. Any additional questions should be directed to Jamie Flowers at the email address noted above.
Copies of prerequisite documentation which verify applicants have met the prerequisites and are eligible to participate in the course must be submitted and reviewed at least fourteen (14) days prior to the course start date.
Registration is not complete until all documentation has been received and verified. Admittance is limited to the first 30 qualified applicants. Jamie Flowers will notify applicants they are registered as soon as their prerequisites are verified but no later than fourteen business (14) days prior to the start of the course.