Self-Paced Training

The Communications Unit (COMU) Overview

This course provides an overview of the Communications Unit (COMU) within the Incident Command System (ICS) structure and covers:

  • The ICS model as it applies to expansion and delegation
  • The necessity for communications support in incident management
  • The COMU’s organizational components and structure
  • The availability of trained personnel and how to obtain COMU training

Emergency communications has always been an integral part of the public safety response to day-to-day events as well as large-scale, multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional incidents. At the heart of some our nation’s largest disasters is the element of how well, or not so well, the communications systems were able to support our emergency first responders. 

Emergency communications covers a broad scope of areas and no longer refers solely to technology. In an overview of the COMU within the ICS structure, this course walks you through the steps you need to take should you ever find yourself in the position of Communications Unit Leader (COML). 

Instructor: Dan Wills, Public Safety Technology Specialist, SEARCH
Available Through: OEC ICTAP Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools Website

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Project Management Training

Research shows that two-thirds of all IT projects are either failed or challenged. That adds up to a lot of wasted time and resources. Project planning—the dynamic process of creating a project plan—dramatically increases the chances for success of interoperability projects. Plans keep both internal and external stakeholders informed in varying levels of detail. They provide the means to control activities, detect problems early on, and respond to changes along the way.

This course is designed to educate members of the public safety community on basic public safety project management principles so that they can successfully execute their duties as a project manager/project coordinator. 

Instructor: Bonnie Maney, Public Safety Training Manager, SEARCH
Available Through: OEC ICTAP Public Safety Technical Assistance Tools Website

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Key Project and System Concepts in Public Safety Communications

If you’re in charge of coordinating public safety communications projects and interoperable communications, you need to be able to articulate the importance of communications planning in incident response. This course introduces you to some factors and considerations that will help guide your project to success. You will learn about:

  • Long Term Evolution (LTE)
  • Public safety broadband
  • Dual path convergence 

You’ll have an opportunity to review and use emergency communications resources, tools, and templates. We’ll cover the foundational elements of lifecycle planning. Finally, you’ll leave with a raised awareness of the Communications Unit within the Incident Command System (ICS). 

This material was not developed to substantively delve into each subject; rather, to provide an overview of each subject with the opportunity to seek additional training in an area of particular interest. For each subject, companion courses are available online and in instructor-led formats that range from 4 hours to 5 days in length. Contact us for information on these offerings.

Instructors: Chris Suter, Public Safety Technology Specialist, SEARCH
Bonnie Maney, Public Safety Training Manager, SEARCH
Mo West, Information Sharing Specialist, SEARCH 
Available Through: SEARCH’s elearning portal

Request this training using the button below. SEARCH training staff will issue you a Moodle username, password, and enrollment key. Have an issue logging in? Contact us

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Public Safety Project Management Success Factors

This online course covers the top 10 public safety project management success factors. Students will view and discuss relevant course materials and work with four critical project tools. Students will also participate in breakout and self-assessment activities.

The course provides senior-level public safety managers with an overview and practical application of project success factors, so that they may successfully execute their duties related to their public safety projects. 

The course was designed under the assumption that students have a minimum of 5–10 years of experience in public safety and have some accountability for public safety projects within their organization. 

The course material was not developed to substantively delve into the basics of project management or provide step-by-step instructions for deploying the critical factors; rather, this course focuses on the duties and responsibilities of a senior-level public safety professional as they relate to executive sponsorship and improving project success. 

A companion full-day “Introduction to Public Safety Project Management” course designed to educate members of the public safety community on basic public safety project management principles is available. Contact us for information.

Instructor: Bonnie Maney, Public Safety Training Manager, SEARCH
Available Through: SEARCH’s elearning portal

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