S-258, Incident Communications Technician

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide the prerequisite knowledge and skills necessary to perform the tasks of an Incident Communications Technician (COMT) in the Incident Command System (ICS). Topics include installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of National Incident Radio Support Cache (NIRSC) communications equipment on incidents. The course consists of classroom instruction, field exercises, a written exam, and a practical final exam.

Course Objective:

  • Identify and describe the responsibilities of the COMT prior to, during mobilization, and demobilization.
  • Identify and explain basic communications theory, the capabilities of NIRSC specialty equipment and assist with installation, and hazards and risks on various incidents and how to mitigate them.
  • Recognize, plan for, and demonstrate the ability to provide adequate incident communications coverage.
  • Demonstrate proper installation of equipment, the ability to properly program NIRSC incident handheld radios, and the ability to accurately troubleshoot and field repair NIRSC equipment.

Course Delivery

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Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours32

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-258 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

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Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Communications Technician (COMT).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

It is recommended that students have completed Basic ICS (ICS-200), Basic Fire Suppression Orientation (S-110), and have reviewed the Basic Aviation Safety Guide (NFES 2097).

Associated Position Task Books

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