National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Incident Communications Center Manger, INCM

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Incident Positions
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  • Must have an understanding and familiarity with the terminology used in fire suppression. This should include, but not be limited to familiarity with the Incident Action Plan (IAP), cache/supply items, resource definitions by kind and type, etc.
  • Maintains equipment accountability and inventories.
  • Establishes and maintains issue accountability system and issue hand-held radios.
  • Ensures that issued equipment is operational.
  • Tags non-functioning equipment upon return.
  • Orders needed equipment/supplies.
  • Clones radios.
  • Assists operations and other personnel with interpreting Communications Plan.
  • Recognizes basic communications network malfunctions (low battery on repeater, intermittent repeater transmissions, dead spots, etc.) and reports them to COML.
  • Completes lost radio reports.
  • Ensures information regarding communications restrictions or coverage limitations is disseminated to operations and ICP personnel.
  • Obtains a briefing from your supervisor, Communication Unit Leader.
  • Provides for the safety and welfare of personnel assigned to the incident.
  • Establishes and maintains positive internal and external interpersonal working relationships.
  • Establishes the incident communication center with FACL.
  • Maintains unit log.
  • Maintains files of status change slips (ICS 210) and general message forms (ICS 213).
  • Supervises incident communications center.
  • Establishes message center procedures. Receives and transmits messages internally and externally.
  • Tracks frequencies in use and determines location of repeaters.
  • Completes any required performance evaluations of subordinates.

Position Knowledge and/or Requirements

  • Understanding of radio procedures and operations.
  • Qualified as a Radio Operator.
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