WHY WE TRAIN IN AUXCOMM
It’s all about KSA! Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.
Do you have them for Emergency Communications response?
Do you have the training that provides you the KSA you need to participate in Emergency Communications within the Incident Command System structure used by the State of North Carolina and Forsyth County?
Without this training, without the KSA your usefulness for Emergency Communications response is extremely limited. I hear from amateurs all the time telling me “I don’t want to take the time to take the training, but when things happen you can count on me to be there to help”. The reality is, when that time comes, unless you are trained, my hands a tied and by state mandate, I can’t use you. Why you ask? Simple, you do not have the KSA required. Also because you do not meet the minimum training requirements, you cannot be included in a mission / tasking assignment (number) which provides insurance coverage for you while deployed / activated. And lastly because in reality, you would not understand what is going on, how to complete required documentation or communicate using proper E-Comm procedures. Emergencies are NOT the time for training.
Professionals train until they do not get it wrong. Amateurs train until they get it right
We are PROFESSIONALS.
AUXCOMM EXERCISES In 2021 we will be conducting MORE exercises and for these and you to be successful we need your participation. If you think that you are well versed in the procedures, SOP’s and so forth then now is your time to shine! It is said that Practice makes perfect and in regards to emergency communications that statement is fact. Our skills are PERISHABLE! All because you know how to rag chew, do FT8, CW or just have a good time on the radio does not mean you are ready to respond to emergency / public service communications needs. Ask yourself these questions:
1) Do you know how to properly prepare and transmit ICS-213 and ARRL Message traffic by voice?
2) Are you set up on Winlink and able to send messages?
3) Do you know the Forsyth County AuxComm SOP for members and Net Controllers?
4) Do you know how AuxComm functions within the Incident Command Structure?
5) Do you know the proper prowords to use?
6) Do you know what is expected for deployment?
7) Do you think that if you are not deployable that you are not useful and don’t need to know these things?
You can find answers to all these questions during our nets, Zoom meetings and exercises.
NCEM REQUIRED TRAINING
The NCEM has mandated certain training for all AuxComm personnel within the state. This training consists of the following:
1. ICS Courses: IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. All courses must be the most current course for continued qualification. These are on-line self-paced courses. (See FEMA Courses below for more information.)
2. Operational Security (OPSEC): This is a NEW (soon to be) requirement. The course is on-line self-paced and takes about 45 minutes to compete. (See OPSEC Training below.)
FORSYTH COUNTY AUXCOMM TRAINING
1. BASIC E-COMM 101: Required for all AuxComm personnel who will be assigned to operate in the county EOC, Command Post or deployed elsewhere within the state. (See BASIC E-COMM 101 below for more information)
2. EOC-NCS: Required for all AuxComm personnel who will be assigned as Communications Team Leads for any deployment. Prerequisites: Basic E-Comm 101, IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800. (See EOC-NCS below for more information.)
3. SKYWARN: Required for all AuxComm personnel. (See SKYWARN below for more information.)
4. WebEOC: This course is required and available only for those personnel who will be serving as Communications Team Leads. (See WebEOC Training below for more information.)
NORTH CAROLINA TRAINING EXERCISE RESPONSE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (NCTERMS)
Various course available to AuxComm members, like ICS-300, are listed in and can be registered for in NCTERMS. The NCTERMS link is:
and will take you to the front page where you can register and look at the courses that are available. Most courses will be available to AuxComm personnel however some are restricted.
FEMA ICS ON-LINE COURSES
FEMA has hundreds of emergency preparedness and response related courses all FREE and on-line. Taking them will increase your knowledge and your abilities for AuxComm activations.
OPERATIONS SECURITY (OPSEC) TRAINING
It is anticipated that the NCEM will soon mandate Operations Security (OPSEC) training. Due to the sensitive nature of operations and information that is generated during emergency/disaster operations as well as planned public service events, having AuxComm personnel familiar with OPSEC awareness and procedures just makes good sense. Additionally this same training can be applied in your everyday life when it comes to your computer activities and others. The training is free and provided on-line by the Center for Development of Security Excellence, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency and will be the platform used for this training. The course takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. Forsyth County AuxComm personnel are encouraged to complete this training at their earliest convenience. This course may be accessed at the link below:
NOTE: The course supports Chrome and Edge. Other browser platforms may encounter issues within the course and particularly when printing the completion certificate at the end. It is recommended that everyone do a screen capture shot of the “successful completion” page BEFORE printing your certificate. In the event that you have issues printing your certificate, this screen shot will suffice as proof of completion.
NC All-Hazards Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AUXCOMM) Advanced Course (NC-AECC-005-A)
EARLY REGISTRATION IS ENCOURAGED!
This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide redundant and contingency communications support to public safety agencies through amateur radio and other communication technologies. North Carolina offers this course jointly with OEC and FEMA. This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instructors who have had experience operating within a NIMS/ICS environment and as auxiliary communicators. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a volunteer auxiliary communicator while serving on a local or state-level All-Hazard Incident Management Team.
Volunteer communicators and groups have been providing redundant and contingency communications to public safety agencies for nearly 100 years. Event planners, public safety officials, and emergency managers at all levels of government utilize their services. Contingency communications provide by auxiliary communicators have been critical when other primary forms of communications have failed or have been temporary disrupted. Today, North Carolina has and continues to incorporate auxiliary communicators into the state’s strategic, operational, and tactical communications plans.
This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the Communications Unit and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, FCC rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and auxiliary communications personnel deployment processes and procedures. This course is intended to supplement and standardize an auxiliary communicator’s experience and knowledge of contingency communications within the context of public safety and NIMS/ICS.
This advanced course is presented with facilitated lectures, interactive discussions, and a Communications Unit drill. Instructors will work through the discussions and activities to explain in detail the processes and functioning of a Communications Unit. The NC All-Hazards Auxiliary Emergency Communications (AUXCOMM) Advanced Course should be completed by personnel who have an affiliation with a public safety agency, an active FCC amateur radio license, past experience in auxiliary communications, and a desire to work within a Communications Unit in a NIMS/ICS environment.
Prerequisites for attendance are:
1. An Affiliation with a public safety agency (Forsyth County EM)
2. An active FCC amateur radio license
3. A desire to work within a Communications Unit in a NIMS/ICS environment
4. Past experience in auxiliary communications
5. IS-100.b, Introduction to the ICS
6. IS-200.b, ICS for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
7. IS-700.a, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
8. IS-800.b, National Response Framework (NRF)
LOCATION: Wilmington, NC
DATES: Tue. Aug 10, 2021 0800-1700, Wed. Aug 11, 2021 0800-1700, Thu. Aug 12, 2021 0800-1700
Note that Reimbursement is available. NCEM is providing meal and lodging reimbursement for this offering within the NCOSBM Guidelines. The guidelines and reimbursement forms are located as an attachment for this class.
Registration thought NCTERMS is required. To register go to:
Notify AuxComm@W4NC.com once registered as your active status will be confirmed before you are fully registered for the course.
To date, only 4 members have completed this comprehensive training. Should you have any questions please contact W1HRC Harlan.
NCEM and FORSYTH COUNTY REQUIREMENTS
NCEM requires that ALL personnel involved in any aspect of emergency or disaster response (including AuxComm) maintain the basic four ICS courses at the most current level. Therefore if you took ICS 100, 200, 700 or 800 years ago (before 2018) and your certificate does not show the most current alpha designation as shown below, you need to retake the course. The courses are quick and easy to take on-line.
ALL Forsyth AuxComm personnel are therefore required to have completed these courses and maintain them to the most current revision. If we do not have sufficient qualified members then we will not be able to effectively serve our community in times of emergency / disaster or public service events.
THE MOST CURRENT ICS COURSES ARE:
Note: These courses are designated as IS-100, IS-200, IS-700 and IS-800 in the FEMA Independent Study on-line catalog.
Once you have completed the course, please forward notification of successful completion to AuxComm at w4nc dot com. You do NOT have to forward your certificates, however a copy of your NC TERMS transcript that shows completion of the courses is requested.
FEMA IS Course are available at: