This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide redundant and contingency communications support to public safety agencies through amateur radio and other communication technologies. North Carolina offers this course jointly with OEC and FEMA. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instructors who have had experience operating within a NIMS/ICS environment and as auxiliary communicators. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a volunteer auxiliary communicator while serving on a local or state-level All-Hazard Incident Management Team.
Volunteer communicators and groups have been providing redundant and contingency communications to public safety agencies for nearly 100 years. Event planners, public safety officials, and emergency managers at all levels of government utilize their services. Contingency communications provide by auxiliary communicators have been critical when other primary forms of communications have failed or have been temporary disrupted. Today, North Carolina has and continues to incorporate auxiliary communicators into the state’s strategic, operational, and tactical communications plans.
This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the Communications Unit and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, FCC rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and auxiliary communications personnel deployment processes and procedures. This course is intended to supplement and standardize an auxiliary communicator’s experience and knowledge of contingency communications within the context of public safety and NIMS/ICS.
This advanced course is presented with facilitated lectures, interactive discussions, and a Communications Unit drill. Instructors will work through the discussions and activities to explain in detail the processes and functioning of a Communications Unit. The NC All-Hazards Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AUXCOMM) Advanced Course should be completed by personnel who have an affiliation with a public safety agency, an active FCC amateur radio license, past experience in auxiliary communications, and a desire to work within a Communications Unit in a NIMS/ICS environment.
Prerequisites for attendance are:
- An Affiliation with a public safety agency
- An active FCC amateur radio license
- A desire to work within a Communications Unit in a NIMS/ICS environment
- Past experience in auxiliary communications
- IS-100.b, Introduction to the ICS
- IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
- IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
- IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF)