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COML Checklist.pdf

This is a handy checklist to make sure you don't forget anything for set-up, management, and demobilization of the Communications Unit


Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS205). A handy Excel version of the Incident Radio Communications Plan (ICS Form 205). All columns are preset to display the appropriate number of digits past the decimal.

ICS FORM 214.xls

Unit Log (ICS214). Easier to use than the Word version, use this to document all important events and staffing list for each operational period.

ICS217A ver 03 07.xls and ICS217A ver 03 07 Instructions.pdf

Communications Planning Worksheet (ICS217A) and Instructions allows you to preload all available channels and talkgroups you might use for streamlining the build-out for an event or incident ICS205.

Incident Radio Inventory and Unit Manager 011613.xls

Incident Radio Inventory and Unit Manager. This is an incredible management tool for you to keep track of all communications accountable property and Communications Unit staff and business. Excel macros must be enabled on your machine to use this tool.

Interoperability Communications Watchouts MNH 011613.php

Interoperability Communications Watch Outs! Keep your head on a swivel and your eyes peeled. This list is intended to help you keep your situational awareness up and insures you can spot commo issues before they can become big problems. Share this with every dispatcher and responderin your agency.

TOP left photo:

"On the Flanks of Big Creek" – Gunbarrel Fire, 8/16/08. Taken west of Cody, WY when the fire jumped the rocky ridge Operations previously claimed was "bulletproof". Author unknown.

TOP right photo:

"JPL Focuses a Bit Closer to Home" – Station Fire, August 2009. Fire burns above La Canada Flintridge and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, eventually consuming over 160,000 acres north of Los Angeles. Author unknown.

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