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Tactical Radio Communications Coordinator/Officer

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Does your area, agency, or department have a Tactical Radio Communications Coordinator or Officer or something similar?

I am not talking about a Dispatcher but someone who responds to incidents in the field to aid with Communications. This individual could have several responsibilities such as
  • Establish and Implementing a Communications Plan
  • Oversee Use of Frequencies to prevent possible interference
  • Aid the Incident Command in Radio Communications
  • Troubleshoot basic radio issues
  • Setup Portable Communications Equipment
  • Audibly Record and/or Document Communications
  • Suggest appropriate tactical channels for type of incident

This individual would essentially be a Radio Operator, Communications Tech, and Communications Unit Leader on incidents where a designated Incident Management Team would be deployed. I am sure this type of position exists somewhere but I cannot seem to find a job description for such a position after many searches on the internet.
 

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Generally referenced as a COML
https://www.dhs.gov/video/communications-unit-leader-training

However there are also COM-T and others that the Forest Service uses

Does your area, agency, or department have a Tactical Radio Communications Coordinator or Officer or something similar?

I am not talking about a Dispatcher but someone who responds to incidents in the field to aid with Communications. This individual could have several responsibilities such as
  • Establish and Implementing a Communications Plan
  • Oversee Use of Frequencies to prevent possible interference
  • Aid the Incident Command in Radio Communications
  • Troubleshoot basic radio issues
  • Setup Portable Communications Equipment
  • Audibly Record and/or Document Communications
  • Suggest appropriate tactical channels for type of incident

This individual would essentially be a Radio Operator, Communications Tech, and Communications Unit Leader on incidents where a designated Incident Management Team would be deployed. I am sure this type of position exists somewhere but I cannot seem to find a job description for such a position after many searches on the internet.
 

sfd119

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Yeah, the specific term is COML or COMT.

But yes, I do some/all above the above depending on the incident. Look into Field Comm 1 from FDNY.
 

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I am familiar with the RADO, COMT, and COML positions. However I am looking for more of a City/County/Municipality type position that is does a little of all those position for incidents that don't require a Type 3, 2, or 1 Incident Management Team.

I am basically looking for the job description of the person(s) who operate the Field Operations Unit at FDNY or any other agency or department. Or job descriptions of positions very similar to this position.
 
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Well I don't know what happens in your neck of the woods, but here a state position would indeed have a COML or COMT position. Easy enough to find out job description. County level, depending on the size may or may not have anyone certified, but still have qualified techs. City tech may just be dumped off on the IT department which barely knows which hole to plug a RG-11 into.

If you're looking for a specific job description I think you will find it may be all over the board depending where you look.
 

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tactical Radio Communications coordinator

Contact San Jose Fire
 

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Just out of curiosity and because my $DAYJOB is in information technology, in many county/muni deployments does the job of communications maintenance get delegated to information tech on (sometimes misplaced) premise that if you plug it into a wall and it kinda looks like a computer, it's an IT related item?
 
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