National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Communications Unit Leader, COML

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Incident Positions
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  • Provides communications support for internal and external data communications.
  • Orders AM/FM frequencies following the proper procedures.
  • Develops installation priorities, while adhering to safety standards regarding communication needs of tactical personnel, i.e., operations before logistics.
  • Obtains a briefing from supervisor, Logistics Section Chief.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of assigned personnel to the incident.
  • Establishes and maintains positive internal and external interpersonal working relationships.
  • Maintain unit log.
  • Prepares and implements the Incident Communications Plan (ICS 205).
  • Establishes the communications and message centers.
  • Sets up telephone and public address systems.
  • Provides technical information, as required, on limitations and adequacy of communication systems in use, equipment capabilities, equipment available, and potential problems.
  • Participates at logistics planning meetings.
  • Determines requirements for communications and personnel needs for unit and places order.
  • Organizes and provides supervision for Unit.
  • Participates at incident planning meetings as a communications technical expert.
  • Designs and installs communication system for incident needs.
  • Assigns communication equipment to incident personnel.
  • Establishes and manages incident communications center.
  • Coordinates frequencies with NIFC and local agencies.
  • Maintains records and provides for accountability of all communications equipment.
  • Demobilizes all incident communication equipment and unit personnel.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Good understanding of capabilities and limitations of different types of communication equipment.
  • Qualified as Incident Communications Technician and Incident Communications Center Manager.
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