COMM-SPEC Course May 5-10, 2018

FEMA US&R Response System
Task Force Communications Specialist Training Course

Saturday May 5th – Thursday May 10th, 2018

The Task Force Communications Specialist is responsible for managing, and maintaining, all communications and communications systems for the Task Force. The Communications Specialist reports directly to the Logistics Team Manager.

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Description of Duties

The Communications Specialist is responsible for the following:
• Keeping the Task Force Leader and Logistics Manager informed of the capabilities and/or limitations of incident communications
• Assessing overall communications needs, obtaining frequencies, and developing the Task Force incident communications plan
• The installation, operation, and maintenance of the Task Force communications
• Systems including radio, satellite, telephone, internet, GPSs and networks during incidents
• Coordinating communications with other entities, Task Forces and the Incident Support Team (IST) Communications Unit Leader
• Adhering to all safety procedures
• Accountability, preventive maintenance, and minor repairs of communications equipment
• Maintaining appropriate records and reports
• Maintaining the communications cache in an operational state at all times
• Developing requests for replacement or repair for consumable, inoperative, lost, damaged, or destroyed items
• Developing a Task Force communications plan (ICS 205) as part of the tactical action plan
• Operating as an IST communications center dispatcher