S-358, Communications Unit Leader

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide skills and knowledge needed to perform in the role of Communications Unit Leader (COML). Topics include mobilization, establishing the communications unit, communications system design and ordering, communications system installation and maintenance, communications equipment assignment and accountability, incident communications center, internal and external coordination, demobilization, and current communications issues and technology.

Course Objective:

  • Identify the functions of the communications unit and the duties and responsibilities of the Communications Unit Leader.
  • Arrive at the incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a Communications Unit Leader.
  • Plan, staff, manage, and demobilize the communications unit in a safe and effective manner to meet the needs of the incident.
  • Coordinate with incident sections, appropriate communications, and other agencies and personnel to assist in accomplishing the overall incident objectives.
  • Design, order, and ensure the installation and maintenance of all communications systems to support the incident.
  • Maintain accountability of assigned communications 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 training24
Total Hours24

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for s-358 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:


Course Recommended For:

Personnel desiring to be qualified as Communications Unit Leader (COML).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Qualified as Incident Communications Technician (COMT) and as Incident Communications Center Manager (INCM).

Associated Position Task Books

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