Auxiliary Emergency Communications Course (AECC-005)

Good news! An Auxiliary Emergency Communications Course (AECC-005) is listed in TERMS at TERMS.NCEM.GOV for January 27-29, 2023. Location will be the Lee County EOC located at 204 W. Courtland Drive, Sanford, NC. Thanks to Lee County Emergency Management for sponsoring this class!

Registration is now open.

Here are some details about the course:

Auxiliary Emergency Communications Course (AECC-005)

This class is designed for auxiliary communicators and groups who volunteer to provide redundant and contingency communications support to public safety agencies through amateur radio and other communication technologies.  North Carolina offers this course jointly with OEC and FEMA.  This course provides DHS-approved and NIMS-compliant instructors who have had experience operating within a NIMS/ICS environment and as auxiliary communicators.  This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a volunteer auxiliary communicator while serving on a local or state-level All-Hazard Incident Management Team.

This course focuses on auxiliary communications interoperability, the relationship between the Communications Unit and the volunteer, emergency operations center (EOC) etiquette, on-the-air etiquette, FCC rules and regulations, auxiliary communications training and planning, and auxiliary communications personnel deployment processes and procedures.  This course is intended to supplement and standardize an auxiliary communicator’s experience and knowledge of contingency communications within the context of public safety and NIMS/ICS.

This course is presented with facilitated lectures, interactive discussions, and group exercises.  Instructors will work through the discussions and activities to explain in detail the processes and functioning of a Communications Unit. 

Prerequisites for attendance are:

  • An affiliation with a public safety agency and approval by the emergency manager of the local AHJ
  • An active FCC amateur radio license
  • A desire to work within a Communications Unit in a NIMS/ICS environment
  • Past experience in auxiliary communications
  • IS 100.c, Introduction to the ICS
  • IS 200.c, for Single Resources and Initial Incidents
  • IS 700.b, National Incident Management System (NIMS), an Introduction
  • IS 800.d, National Response Framework (NRF)