National Incident Management System-Compliant All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader Training [open pdf - 54KB]
"In response to the immediate need for trained All-Hazards Communications Unit Leaders (COMLs), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) is utilizing a newly-developed curriculum to offer National Incident Management System (NIMS)-compliant COML instruction throughout the United States. For the past 36 months, State and local government emergency response representatives worked to develop a formal All-Hazards Type III COML training program. During the past year, with support from OEC and the Office for Interoperability and Compatibility (OIC), the COML curriculum was completed and initial training classes offered. On April 18, 2008, the COML course was certified as NIMS-compliant. The goal is for every State1 to have a cadre of trained personnel to coordinate on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response. The COML course is based on a three-day, 24- hour curriculum. Two trained instructors will lead each class and OEC will provide a Certificate of Completion to each student, also sending a copy to the State Administrative Agency (SAA) in the student's State of employment. SAAs can then catalogue according to the State's process."
Office of Emergency Communications Information Bulletin No. 294