Regional Communications Coordinators (COMCs) are appointed by the Public Safety Communications Board and are given the authority to coordinate and assign multi-jurisdictional interoperability assets. This position is a major component of the Tactical Interoperable Communication Plan (TICP) and interoperability under the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
COMCs are individuals affiliated with public safety agencies that have completed training required by the Public Safety Communications Board and have made a commitment to serve in this role. This position serves as a resource to the Communications Unit Leader and Incident Commander.
If an agency maintains or controls a regional interoperability asset (such as cash radios, radio channels or a command post), it agrees to deploy that asset upon request by the COMC. Once an asset is assigned to an incident, it remains assigned until released by the Incident Commander.
The follow are examples of when a public safety agency may request an on-call COMC:
- Two or more public safety radio systems need to be patched together so first responders can communicate across disparate systems.
- A large incident requires a public safety response from multiple jurisdictions that cannot communicate via their day-to-day radio systems.
- A large incident requires more equipment than an agency can accommodate.
- Specialized or out-of-region equipment is used in response to an incident and lacks the ability to communicate locally.
- When requested by an Incident Commander or Communications Unit Leader (COML).
The COMCs have established an on-call schedule so regional interoperability assets can be secured at any time. The Johnson County Emergency Communication Center has agreed to coordinate the deployment of COMCs in accordance with the on-call schedule. The COMCs will inform each other of what interoperability assets are in use at any given time.
To activate a COMC call either 913-432-1717 or 913-826-1001 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.