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Field Operations - Type III, Part A

Course Description and Materials


Overview: This course is the first part of a two-part course designed to prepare individuals to perform field communicator duties as a fully independent operator.
Intended Audience: Hams with interest in emergency communications who are interested in performing Field Communicator duties.

Note:  The above prerequisites are not strictly enforced. But in order to get the most out of this course, you should have previously attended the above courses. If you have not yet attended one or more of the prerequisites, you should carefully review the course materials for the missed prerequisites prior to attending this course. Then, be sure to attend any missed prerequisites at your earliest opportunity.


3 hours

NOTE:  Depending on the number of participants, class questions and interaction, be prepared for the class to run over the scheduled time by up to 15 minutes.

Students should bring:
  • Copy of all course materials (see below)
  • Pen/pencil and pad of paper
  • HT with headset or ear bud and batteries to last on low power for class time
  • IMPORTANT: See additional location-specific items on the sign-up page
Learning Objectives:

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

  • Describe the role of the field operator, including
    • Served agency needs, field assignment types, SCCo ARES/RACES credentialing system
  • Explain and perform basic safety procedures
  • Properly execute an assignment, including
    • Mobilization, selecting equipment, field operations, dealing with problems, demobilization
  • Understand and use field operations checklists
Topics Covered:

The course agenda for this first part includes:

  • Mastering Field Communications
  • Supporting Our Served Agencies
  • Field Communications Assignments
  • Credentials
  • Safety
  • Simulated deployment
    • Mobilization
    • Station Set Up

The second part of this course will continue with:

  • Type III Field Equipment
  • Type II Field Equipment
  • On Site Operations
  • Traffic Types
  • Message Passing Intro
  • Type II Techniques
  • Dealing With Problems
  • Demobilization
  • Checklists
Scheduling Info:
Course Materials:

Classroom presentation (revised 14-Jul-2024):

Homework: Prior to coming to class

  • Study the prerequisite course materials
  • Find the following slides with questions and fill-in-the-blanks and answer the questions using what you learned from the prerequisites.
    • Slides 61, 63, 65, 67, 69, 71, 73, 78, 87, and 92
  • If you have not yet watched the ICS-214 video, download ICS-214-SCCo Unit Activity Log training video and complete the exercises. (about 20 minutes)

Print out and bring the following to class:

IMPORTANT: See additional location-specific items on the sign-up page


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This page was last updated on 14-July-2024