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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

New York City Fire Department | Evaluated Learning Experience

Communications Unit Leader (IMT 358)

Course Category: 

Version 1 or 2: 24 Hours (3 Days).

New York City Fire Academy, Randalls Island.

Version 1: January 2002 - August 2007.  Version 2: September 2007 - July 2015.  

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Learner Outcomes: 

Version 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: design, order, install, and maintain a communications system during an incident and acquire the knowledge and skills of a Communications Unit Leader for a large-scale incident. Version 2: Students will be able to: arrive at the incident properly equipped, gathering information to assess the situation, and begin initial planning activities of a communications unit leader; plan, staff, manage, and demobilize the communications unit in a safe and effective manner to meet the needs of the incident; coordinate with communications personnel to assist in accomplishing the overall objectives of the communications unit; design, order, install, and maintain operations, logistics, and air operations communications systems to support the incident; and maintain accountability of assigned communications equipment.


Version 1 and 2: Major topics covered in the course are assembling a communications unit leader kit, establishing the communications unit, designing and ordering the communications system, installing and maintaining the communications system, communications equipment and technology, assignment and accountability, locating and managing the operations of the incident communications center, internal and external coordination, and demobilization.

Credit recommendation: 
Version 1: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, EMS Management, Criminal Justice Administration, or Public Administration (5/04 - review conducted by the American Council on Education).  Version 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 1 semester hour in Fire Science, Emergency Management, Homeland Security, Emergency Medical Services Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Engineering Technology, Communications, or Public Administration (10/08 revalidation) (7/10 revalidation).