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Field Operations - Type III, Part B and Type II

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This course is the second part of a two part series of courses designed to prepare individuals to perform field communicator duties as a fully independent operator.  This course also covers advanced field operations.
Intended Audience: Hams with experience in emergency communications who are interested in performing Field Communicator duties.
Prerequisites: Course:  Field Operations - Type III, Part A
Length: 3 hours
Students should bring:
  • Copy of course materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
  • Two copies of the ICS-213 Message Form
Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to deal with problems encountered in the field
  • Explain what types of damage surveys we do, and how to properly log them
  • Describe best practices for field operators
  • Explain the various types of message traffic and the best practices for handling that traffic
  • Execute an ICS 213 using the learned technicques and best practices
  • Explain the role of the advanced field communicator
  • Describe what additional materials are needed for a level 2 field communicator
  • Explain the proper elements of antenna safety
Topics Covered:

The course agenda includes:

  • Quick review of Type III, Part A
  • Dealing with problems in the field
  • Damage survey and reporting
  • Operator skills and verbal communications
  • Radio techniques
  • Message handling
  • Exercise in passing message traffic
  • The Type II field communicator
  • Type II go-kits
  • Quick look at Type I - what is involved
Scheduling Info:
Class Materials:

Revised:  04-Jun-2015


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