Agency protocol is easily overlooked by busy agency staff and the coordinator. This is why I strongly urge the unit leader (usually the Radio Officer) go into the agency every few days and spend several hours there doing something of interest and of help to the agency. The RO then knows what to do and what not to do, and will soon know who to ask for help on what aspect/subject/topic.
- types of involvement: equipment operations, equipment maintenance,staff support, delivery of equipment, etc.
- responsibilities: Who report to; who supervises,job, etc.
- liabilities: potential hazards from falling furniture in a quake to slipping on a wet floor, etc. Discuss with local gov't safety officer! None? Get one!
- types: portable, mobile, or to a fixed field location with equipment
- responsibilities in each of above categories. Add local aspects
- hazards in each of above activities
- liabilities for anything.
- personal vehicles
- agency vehicles
- other transportation modes
- Incident Command System familiarization
- Use of tactical calls
- Setting up computers, faxes, phones and radio's in offices as well as the EOC
Develop a list of people categorized into skills areas, such as administrative, photography, clerical, commercial drivers, field responders, HF NCS experience, Fire response (field response training), etc. Think of EVERY possible use for people in your unit applied to ANY form of Public Safety Communications system or support to an EOC or Incident staff anywhere; then train for all exposures.