County Hosts Communication Collaboration Class

PHOENIX, NY – The Oswego County E-911 Department is hosting an inter-county communications collaboration this week with emergency response agencies from Oswego, Onondaga, Stueben, Warren and Jefferson counties.

The All Hazards Communications Technicians training course is being held at SUNY Oswego’s Phoenix Center.

“The unique focus of this training is to bring area resources together with state and federal partners to review accepted practices for interoperable communications,” Oswego County E-911 Director Michael Allen said. “It focuses on the collaboration between various governments and agencies working together to ensure the flow of communication in the event of an emergency.”

(Photo courtesy Kelly Jordal)

Also on hand for are representatives from the American Red Cross, the New York State Police, the U.S. Coast Guard and the NYS Office of Interoperable Emergency Communications.

The COMT course is important to the cooperating organizations because it provides training for emergency responders on practices and procedures common to radio communication technicians during all-hazards emergency operations.

It is intended to help communications technicians work within the Incident Command System (ICS) organizational structure.

Training began on Monday and continues through Friday (July 18) as participants balance classroom modules with hands-on exercises from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

(Photo courtesy Kelly Jordal)

Much of the drill portion is coordinated with a mobile command unit in the parking lot.

The training session provided an opportunity for participating counties and agencies to showcase their respective resources and how the group incorporates these assets into a workable solution for the community.

For more information about Oswego County E-911, visit