NYS Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications
The Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC) facilitates the delivery of public safety communications training to State and local partners. This includes the Communications Unit Leader (COM-L) and Communications Technician (COM-T) courses, two positions that are identified in Incident Command System (ICS) structure. The Statewide Interoperability Coordinator receives input from the response level organizations on training needs from across New York State (NYS), measures these requests against the strategic goals of the NY Statewide Interoperability Communication Plan (SCIP) and works with the Federal Department of Homeland Security-Office of Emergency Communications to obtain and schedule training.
DHSES communications assets, such as Command-1, are utilized in exercises. This provides both an opportunity for DHSES to determine how our assets align with, augment and support the communication requirements of response agencies across NYS, meet the goals of the NY SCIP, but more importantly, train, test and exercise resource capabilities and conditions of readiness.
COML training provides federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved National Incident management System (NIMS) complaint instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of coordinating on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response.
New York has held these courses throughout the State.
For information on upcoming Communications Leader (COML) classes, please contact the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications at 518-322-4911.
The State of New York was asked to conduct a beta COML technical course by the Office of Emergency Communications. The All-Hazards Communications Technician (COMT) Class is being developed to provide federal Department of Homeland Security (DHS) approved National Incident Management System (NIMS) compliant All-Hazards Communications Technician (COMT) instruction to ensure that every state/territory has trained personnel capable of providing on-scene emergency communications during a multi-jurisdictional response.
New York State participated in the second pilot of the COMT class in December 2009.
For information on upcoming Communications Technician (COMT) classes, please contact the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications at 518-322-4911.
Robert M. Barbato
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About the Office of Interoperable & Emergency Communications
Created through Executive Law section 717, the Office of Interoperable and Emergency Communications (OIEC) is the principal state agency for all interoperable and emergency communications issues and oversees and directs the development, coordination and implementation of policies, plans, standards, programs and services related to interoperable and emergency communications, including those related to land mobile radio communications.