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All-Hazards Communications Technician (COMT) (NC-977)

At the conclusion of the class, the student will be able to:
• Identify the functions of the Communications Unit and the duties and responsibilities of the COMT.
• Arrive at an all-hazards incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a COMT.
• Identify basic components and theories behind the successful establishment and operation of the technical communications resources supporting an incident. During the class, emphasis is placed on radio, telephone, data networks, and satellite technologies.
• Understand incident scene safety issues and mitigation strategies.
• Understand the basics of installation and maintenance of incident communications systems.
• Maintain accountability of assigned communications equipment.
• Understand resources available to enhance the student’s skills upon completion of the class.
• Understand the Position Task Book and the process for completing it.

Date(s)  Mon. May 13, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Tue. May 14, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Wed. May 15, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Thu. May 16, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Fri. May 17, 2019 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Location Haywood Community College - Public Training Facility
186 Armory Drive, Clyde NC 28721 
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Handicap Accessibility Yes
WiFi Access Yes
ESF ESF2 - Communications, ESF5 - Emergency Management
Functional Areas Communications, Emergency Management / Planning
Offered By North Carolina Division of Emergency Management 
Primary Instructor Strayer, Seth 
Course Length 40 Hours 
Course Hours 40 
Prerequisites Listed below are the All-Hazards COMT prerequisites candidates must possess to attend the class: �� A public safety communications background with exposure to field operations. �� Fundamental public safety communications technology awareness. �� Basic knowledge of local communications and communications system, frequencies and spectrum, technologies, local topography, system site locations including knowledge of local, regional, and state communication plans, and communications and resource contacts. �� Completion of the following training courses: o ICS-100 o ICS-200 o IS-700 o IS-800 o ICS-300 is recommended for students, but not required

The COMT class is targeted for all local, regional, state and federal cross disciplinary emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with a communications background. Individuals who are assigned responsibility for a Strategic Technology Reserve (radio cache, mobile communications vehicle, or other deployable communications assets) are encouraged to attend. This class is targeted to students who have technical aptitude, but not necessarily strong technical experience. Students should leave the class with a strong foundational knowledge of incident communications processes and systems, and some basic skills.

Maximum Participants 18
# Open Seats 18
# on Wait List 3

Offering Specific Information


Personal experience:

  • A public safety background with experience in field operations
  • A technical communications background
  • Awareness of fundamental public safety communications technology
  • Basic knowledge of applicable Communications Plan

The most recent version of the following courses from the FEMA/EMI website:

  • IS-100.c, Introduction to the ICS
  • IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
  • IS-700.b, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
  • IS-800.c, National Response Framework (NRF)

For further information regarding the COMT class, please contact Greg Hauser -   |   |  HelpDesk: 919-825-2574   |  Email TERMS Helpdesk