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ID
5-509-1328
Name
Communications Unit Leader (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/28/2018 5:30:02 PM
Released
11/20/2017
Resource Category
Communications
Primary Core Capability
Operational Communications
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Communications Unit Leader (COML) designs, orders, manages, and ensures the installation and maintenance of all communications systems
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Rapidly assesses whether the area of operations comprises multiple geographic areas and whether they use the same communications policies and systems 2. Establishes physical interoperability connections between communications systems over wide areas 3. Establishes a communications plan among command center, staging, base, camp, and other operational sites 4. Establishes capacity of available radio frequencies and channels for incident response by multiple first responder disciplines, multiple jurisdictions, and numerous operational personnel 5. Supervises Communications Unit staff and is accountable for their safety and adherence to Incident Command System (ICS) procedures
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1. Provides rapid assessment of communications options, taking into consideration incident objectives, known status of existing communications systems and infrastructure, pre-positioned plans within the jurisdiction’s Interoperability Communications Plan, and rapidly available options for communications equipment and supplies 2. Reports status and recommendations within ICS procedures 3. Implements voice protocols, policies, and procedures necessary to make use of existing communications systems serving the incident area 4. Establishes logistics for extended use of communications equipment in challenging environments, including exchange and resupply of radios, phones, and computers for multiple shift changes 5. Establishes communications staging area 6. Plans for restoring and augmenting communications services, taking into account backup plans, reliability, and resiliency, based on situational awareness of incident environment
Type 3The COML: 1. Develops plans for the effective use of incident communications equipment and facilities, including the Incident Radio Communications Plan 2. Oversees installation and testing of communications equipment 3. Supervises the Incident Communications Center Manager and Communications Technicians (COMT) 4. Distributes communications equipment to incident personnel 5. Maintains and repairs communications equipment, including data management infrastructure 6. Plans, organizes staff, manages, and demobilizes the Communications Unit in a safe and effective manner to meet incident needs 7. Coordinates with the incident sections, appropriate communications personnel, and other agencies to assist in accomplishing the overall incident objectives 8. Designs, orders, and ensures the installation and maintenance of all communications systems 9. Maintains accountability of assigned communications equipment 10. Establishes or transitions into a unit under the Logistics Section 11. Configures unit with personnel to support operations
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
TrainingIdentified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents
Type 3Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 3. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 4. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 5. G0191: ICS/EOC Interface 6. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 7. E/L 0969: Communications Unit Leader, or equivalent
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Communications Unit Leader, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Experience in managing operational mission-critical first responder communications or communications systems, including accountability for emergency communications policies and procedures 3. Satisfactory performance during an ICS assignment as a chief, director, supervisor, or leader 4. Satisfactory performance as a NIMS Type 2 Communications Unit Leader
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 2 Communications Unit Leader, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Satisfactory performance as a NIMS Type 3 Communications Unit Leader
Type 31. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 3 Communications Unit Leader, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Satisfactory performance as a COMT 3. Satisfactory performance as an Incident Communications Center Manager
Physical/Medical FitnessNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Performs duties under light circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every three years
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Functions in this position during an operational incident, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Federal Communications Commission (FCC): General Radiotelephone Operator License (PG)
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
Requestor may specify any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
958
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Communications Unit Leader, latest edition adopted
FEMA, NIMS 509: Communications Technician
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016