All Hazards Communications Technician (COMT)
The All-Hazards Communications Technician (COMT) course trains emergency responders on practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians during all-hazards emergency operations. This course will help communications technicians work within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure.
Course Length: 40 hours
Course Manager: Alan Choutka, Office: 847/450-9047, Email: Alan.Choutka@illinois.gov
Course Timeline: 8:00 - 5:00, 8 hours per day x 5 days
Prerequisite: All-Hazards COMT candidates must have the following prerequisites to attend the course: 1) A public safety communications background with exposure to field operations. 2) Fundamental public safety communications technology awareness. 3) Basic knowledge of local communications and communications systems; frequencies and spectrum; technologies; local topography; system site locations including knowledge of state, regional, and local communication plans; and communications and resource contacts. 4) Completion of the following training courses: ICS-100, ICS-200, IS-700, IS-800, ICS-300 (strongly recommended for students, but not required). 5) A written recommendation from the the student's supervisor attesting that the student possesses the knowledge listed above.
Target Audience/Discipline: The COMT course is intended for federal, state, local, and tribal emergency response professionals and coordination/support personnel with communications backgrounds, Individuals who are responsible for managing a Strategic Technology Reserve (radio cache, mobile communications vehicle, or other deployable communications assets) are encouraged to attend. This course is targeted to students who have technical aptitude, but not necessarily strong technical experience.
Scheduled Classes: There are no scheduled dates for this course.
Please note: Applications for courses will be accepted up to 1 day prior to the course date. However, the cutoff date for lodging is 7 days prior to class.
If you want to learn more about the Training Program or are interested in attending a specific course, please contact your IEMA Regional Coordinator or Lori Lemasters-McTaggart. Registration should be made in advance to attend any IEMA sponsored class. Walk-in registrations are only accepted if room space and course materials are available. To register for IEMA classes, please see the IEMA Online Registration and Tracking Program Page.