Auxiliary Communications Course (AUXCOMM)
The Auxiliary Communications (AUXCOMM) Course trains amateur radio operators to serve as auxiliary communicators during all-hazards emergency operations or planned events. Since 2011, the Department of Homeland security Office of Emergency Communications (DHS OEC) has conducted AUXCOMM courses across the nation and trained more than 1,300 students in this course.
This class is designed for those auxiliary emergency communicators and groups who volunteer to provide backup emergency radio communications support to public safety agencies. Typically, this includes amateur radio and Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team (REACT) communicators, but may include other volunteer emergency communicators.
Volunteer emergency communications operators/groups, using amateur radio, have been providing backup communications to public safety for nearly 100 years. Event planners, public safety officials, and emergency managers at all levels of government utilize their services. Often, amateur radio services have been used when other forms of communications have failed or have been disrupted. Today, nearly all the states/territories have incorporated some level of participation by amateur radio auxiliary communications operators into their Tactical Interoperable Communications Plans (TICPs) and Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans (SCIPs).
This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the COML and volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, FCC rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and emergency communications deployment. It is intended to supplement and standardize an operator’s experience and knowledge of emergency amateur radio communications in a public safety context.
This course is two days long (10 to 12 hours each day) and is limited to 30 students.
All IS Certificates must be uploaded into your KS Train Account before you can be approved into the course.
To attend this course, applicants must have the following prerequisites:
- An active FCC amateur radio license
- Past experience in auxiliary emergency communications
- A desire to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment
- Completion of the following FEMA Independent Study courses:
- IS-100 – Introduction to ICS
- IS-200 – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
- IS-700 – National Incident Management System, An Introduction
- IS-800 – National response Framework, An Introduction
- IS-315 - CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System
All Independent Study (IS) courses are available online (free of charge) at the FEMA Independent Study website: http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.asp
Additional Registration Requirements
Applicants should submit a copy of their current FCC amateur license and a completed 119-25-1 form to Erin McGinnis at email@example.com or fax (785) 274-1914. YOUR IS COURSE CERTIFICATES MUST BE UPLOADED INTO YOUR KS TRAIN ACCOUNT.
Copies of prerequisite documentations which verify applicants have met the prerequisites and are eligible to participate in the course must be uploaded to their ks.train.org profile before their application can be considered as space in the course is so limited.
Registration is not complete until all documentation has been received and verified by Erin McGinnis. Admittance is limited to the first 30 qualified applicants. Erin will notify applicants they are registered as soon as their prerequisites are verified.
Certificates will be issued by the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Communications.
For most sessions, lodging is provided by KDEM. Check session details for more information. These rooms will be available for Kansas residents traveling 50 miles or more to attend this training. Arrangements for lodging cannot be provided if participant is using Federal preparedness grant funds for this training. Residents outside of Kansas and private contractors are not eligible for direct-bill lodging provided by KDEM.
Reimbursements for a stay at a different hotel will not be honored without previous authorization from KDEM Training Office Staff. Lodging arrangements are only provided through this office.
If you need special accommodations in order to fully participate in any training activity, please contact the State Training Officer, Erin McGinnis, at (785) 646-1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss your specific needs.