The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Returns to Provide Auxiliary Communications
(AUXCOMM) Training in Conjunction with
The Emergency Communications Division (ECD) of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) will be on hand at Hamvention® 2019 to conduct its nationally recognized NIMS/ICS compliant AuxComm course. Over 2,500 amateur radio operators from around the country have taken this course. The purpose of this course is to train qualified amateur radio operators so they may assist their local, county and state governments with emergency backup communications if requested to do so. This course introduces the auxiliary communicator to the other positions within the Communications Unit (COMU) and how to provision emergency communications in a public safety context. The course also goes deeper into the National Incident Management System framework. The location of the course will be at the “Courtyard by Marriott” in Beavercreek, Ohio and be held 14-16 May 2019. Registration for this class may close early when all available seats for this class are taken.
Registration for this course is ongoing: Students wishing to attend the DHS Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) Course must meet all prerequisites and provide electronic/scanned images of the following required documents prior to 1 May 2019:
- A signed copy of your current valid FCC issued amateur radio license
- IS-100 certificate (FEMA issued)
- IS-200 certificate (FEMA issued)
- IS-700 certificate (FEMA issued)
- IS-800 certificate (FEMA issued)
- The name of the public safety entity, and its contact information, that you would support upon completing this course
Please scan copies of this information, attached it to an email, and then send to COMU@hq.dhs.gov. In the subject line, please put Hamvention AUXCOMM. Your information will be reviewed and a reply sent back to you indicating that you have been given a seat in the course.
This will be an intensive three-day version of the course with facilitated lectures and student exercises conducted by professional AUXCOMM instructors. This course provides time for interactive discussions and exercises. Should you have any questions regarding this course, please send them to COMU@hq.dhs.gov.
One final note, please mark your forum calendar, on Friday 17 May, to come see us at the AUXCOMM forum. You will be given a glimpse at the new AUXCOMM Position Task Book (PTB), a briefing on the proposed Communications Section for NIMS/ICS and a briefing on one of the most active AUXCOMM states – North Carolina!