MEMA offers Communications Unit Leader course

The Maine Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) announced Friday that it will be holding its All-Hazards Communications Unit Leader training course from Dec. 8-10.

This course is intended for emergency response professionals and associated support personnel at the local, regional, state, tribal and federal levels. This course is focused on emergency communication and the design and implementation of plans that ensure effective use of radio and other forms of communication.

Through this course, the role of a communication unit leader and how it fits into the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) will be defined. This course has been approved by the Department of Homeland Security and is compliant with NIMS.

To be considered for this course, applicants must have a background in communications relating to public safety or emergency management, proven with validation from an applicant’s supervisor. Candidates should have basic knowledge of local communication systems and frequencies.

There are five prerequisite courses: Introduction to the ICS; ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents; Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents; NIMS, an introduction; and National Response Framework (NRF), an introduction. Advanced ICS, Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents is also recommended.

To apply, applicants will need a FEMA student ID and will need to register using a form from the MEMA website. This course is limited to 30 participants.

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