Special Operations Communications Team

Program Objectives

  • To provide a team of field communicators capable of rapid deployment to the scene of an unstable incident and provide communications, assistance with personnel and unit accountability as well as maintaining on-scene status of assigned resources utilizing ICS/NIMS system.
  • To assist in planning by providing an additional measure of accountability through the Incident Command Center.
  • Assist in establishing incident communications via MCV, Communications Center, EOC, or Incident Command Post.
  • Provide a high level of service and any assistance needed by the incident commander or any agency requesting the team and to ensure that on-scene communications is both established and maintained.
  • Ensure all ICS/NIMS forms and documentation is properly completed for the record of the incident.
  • Ensure the Special Operations Communications Team member is able to function in the meticulous and exacting process of resource status keeping and ability to concentrate on several ongoing tasks at once, thus keeping the Incident Commander free to concentrate on the incident, the safety of the personnel, citizens of Whitfield County, its municipalities, Region/Area 6, and the State of Georgia.
  • For all involved organizations to oversee aspects of the Special Operations Communications Team and work with key municipality and emergency management personnel to develop the SOCT program and implement any additional policies.

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SOCT Mission Statement

To provide the citizens, responders, and public safety agencies inside of Whitfield County, GEMA Region/Area 6, and throughout the State of Georgia with highly trained specialized communications personnel or team for rapid deployment to incidents for on scene communications, documentation, assistance with ICS/NIMS, unit & personnel accountability resource status support for incident commanders and command post operations.

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Large Scale emergencies and disaster-type incidents may occur within one or more jurisdictions and may benefit from the assistance of Telecommunicators trained in field operations at the scene of the incident in essence providing Law Enforcement, Fire Rescue, and EMS Incident Commanders with personal communications personnel able to respond immediately to their requests and improve communications by freeing up the Incident Commander to focus more effectively on the incident.

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Program Advantages

  • Alleviation of additional workload from both the primary dispatchers and commanders
  • More timely and efficient relay of information from scene personnel
  • Resources able to be contacted more quickly
  • More accurate and detailed collection and documentation of information.
  • CALEA Required for Accreditation.

SOCT Deployment Criteria

  • Communications Center Failure 911, PSAP, etc.
  • Disasters (Man Made or Natural)
  • Severe Weather
  • Commercial Structure Fires
  • Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Technical Rescue Incidents with long scene times or a need for IC exist
  • SWAT/SRT call-outs incidents (Hostage, Barricade, Drug Lab, etc.)
  • USAR Incidents (Urban Search & Rescue)
  • Large Recourse Consuming Incidents
  • Large Organized Public Events (Fairs, Concerts, etc.)
  • Disaster Drills & Simulations
  • Any incident with an extended scene time that requires the MCV or ICS/NIMS.