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posted Apr 16, 2019, 11:02 PM by Gardener Person   [ updated Apr 16, 2019, 11:06 PM ]
District 8: TN Amateur Radio Emergency Service Emergency Coordinators

Please distribute this to your memberships, other amateur operators and EMA Directors. We want to make sure the class has enough attendees to avoid cancellation. The KEMA/FEMA/TN National Guard exercise in August at McGhee Tyson Air base will deliver an All-Hazards Communications leader (COM) Bootcamp on August 22. Those who attend the class and participate in the exercise will be able to complete items in their certification task books at stations throughout the site. Please contact me at or call 865- 748-9249 if you have questions concerning the class.

Jim, AJ4NO

Knoxville-Knox County Emergency Management Agency Auxiliary Communications Coordinator

M 865-748-9249

I've invited you to fill out a form:


TEMA and our local government partners will be conducting a FEMA Communications Leader (COM L) L969 class
MAY 20 - 23, 2019. This class will be at the Knoxville - Knox County Emergency Management Agency. Classes will start at 9:00 AM the first day and 8:00 AM the other three days. Classes will end about 5:00 PM. The class size will be no more than 30 with a break for lunch (not provided) each day. Please fill out the information below to sign- up for this class. You may also copy this link to your browser to get the form:

A written application for official registration and additional class information will be emailed to those signing up. The class will be at:

Knoxville, TN 37921

Course Objective:
• Identify the functions of the Communications Unit and the duties and responsibilities of the COML.

• Arrive at an all-hazards incident properly equipped, gather information to assess the assignment, and begin initial planning activities of a COM L.

• Plan, staff, manage, and demobilize the Communications Unit in a safe and effective manner to meet the needs of the incident.

Prerequisites include:

A. A public safety communications background or duties with exposure to field operations and communications; this experience will be validated by the authority who supervises the applicant in the course application that will be emailed after this initial sign-up.

B. Fundamental public safety communications technology, supervisory, and personnel management skills. These include, but are not limited to:

• Knowledge of local and regional communication systems• Frequencies and spectrum
• Technologies
• Knowledge of local topography

• Knowledge of system site locations including knowledge of local, regional, and state communications plans, andknowledge of local and regional Tactical Interoperable Communications Plans, if available

C. The applicant is REQUIRED to have completed the following before class: ICS-100.b, ICS-200.b, ICS 700.a, ICS 800.b, and ICS-300.

Each student should bring a laptop and a USB 32 GB thumb drive. The course material will be copied to the thumb drive.

Students attending this course will be responsible for their own expense (travel, hotel, meals and other expenses). There is no reimbursement from TEMA.

Please let me know if you have any questions or need additional information.

Mike Harris, TN-CEMP
Communications Manager / Deputy Statewide Interoperability Coordinator Tennessee Emergency Management Agency
615-815-7697 Cell

PS. I fixed the link on the form above so it works now. Thanks. Cathi K4TMW