S-258, Incident Communications Technician
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.
- 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.
Personnel desiring to be qualified as Incident Communications Technician (COMT).
S-258 is available as classroom instructor-led training.
Course Components and Hours to Complete
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Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for S-258 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer for more information about local course sessions.
Prerequisite Qualifications and Training
Regional, state, or area
Associated Position Task Books
Incident Communications Technician (PMS 311-96)