National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Communications Unit Leader

COML decorative banner: photos depicting COML position.  COML Position Description:  The Communications Unit Leader (COML), under the direction of the Service Branch Director or Logistics Section Chief, is responsible for developing plans for the effective use of incident communications equipment and facilities; installing and testing communications equipment; supervising the Incident Communications Center; distributing communications equipment to incident personnel; and maintaining and repairing communications equipment.

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COML Qualification Requirements

Required Training

Required Experience

  • Satisfactory performance as an Incident Communications Technician (COMT)
  • AND Satisfactory performance as an Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM) 
  • AND Completion and Certification of NWCG Communications Unit Leader (COML) Position Task Book, PMS 311-34

Physical Fitness Level: None Required

Position does not require a physical fitness level.

These Positions Maintain Currency For COML

  • Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM)
  • Incident Communications Technician (COMT)

COML Maintains Currency For These Positions

  • Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM)
  • Incident Communications Technician (COMT)
  • Radio Operator (RADO)
  • Service Branch Director (SVBD)

Other Training Which Supports Development Of Knowledge And Skills

This is an inherently wildland fire position and has no endorsement. All-hazards Communication Unit Leaders will need to meet the wildland fire position qualification requirements.

Alternative Pathways to NWCG Qualification




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