Started by NovemberWhiskey, January 19, 2019, 04:26:58 pm
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Quote from: NovemberWhiskey on January 19, 2019, 09:00:04 pmDoes anyone have an email address for NESA staff? I did try sending a note by the contact form on nesa.cap.gov to which I didn't receive a response, and I couldn't find a email address from a quick perusal of the site.
Quote from: ctrossen on March 05, 2019, 06:24:17 pmI took this course back in 2011 when it was still a four-day class, and subsequently became a credentialed COM-L here in Wisconsin (as a CAP member, but as has clearly been pointed out here, YMMV depending on your state). Even if you don't go on to complete the PTB and become credentialed at the state level, if they're teaching from the FEMA curriculum, I'd call this a valuable training opportunity. What we do as a CAP Comm Unit Leader is just a small subset of what an all-hazards COM-L has to deal with and is responsible for. If you look at the presentations from the last few CAP National Conventions, you keep seeing info that seems to say we're moving more towards the standing position-specific curriculum that FEMA has for the extended ICS Command & General Staff, and I suspect this is a move in that direction - and that is a good thing. As an organization we don't have a good, standardized way to teach members *HOW* to function within an ICS structure other than some standing skills that are somewhat relevant to the job in addition to a lot of OJT that the task books never covered. On the other hand, if students in this course aren't getting hands-on with a gateway or reprogramming radios, then I would start to worry - while it'll be hard for the average CAP member to attend these two or three or four day position-specific training classes (which they all are), it's also a major disservice if the organization is planning on taking the FEMA curriculum and presenting it in a "lite" manner or otherwise significantly re-engineered for a CAP audience (who likely will not know the difference but will hoot and holler when their state EMA doesn't recognize the training). If nothing else, after a week in this class, you will be *far* better prepared to work as a CAP Comm Unit Leader, and hopefully aware enough of the bigger picture to work with a all-hazards COM-L in a large-scale exercise or actual incident.
Quote from: ctrossen on March 05, 2019, 06:24:17 pmIf nothing else, after a week in this class, you will be *far* better prepared to work as a CAP Comm Unit Leader
Quote from: Holding Pattern on March 05, 2019, 06:31:38 pmAnd this is why I'm sitting in "Wait and See" status.
Quote from: GZCP31 on March 09, 2019, 03:21:36 pmYou may agree or disagree. I have seen where we are asked to participate in state, or national emergencies, CAP is turned away due to us not having credentials recognized by the agency in charge.
Quote from: GZCP31 on March 09, 2019, 03:21:36 pmFor years I have seen complaints about CAP not being able to "play" because a certain local, state or federal agencies says our training is a joke. FEMA certifications are a good start especially since some of our major customers are DHS and FEMA now.
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