// Communications Specialist


Functional Description

The Communications Specialist is responsible for assisting the IMERT Team in all communications during a deployment.

Description of Duties

  • Assist members of the Illinois Medical Emergency Response Team (IMERT).
  • Reports to the Field Administrator, Administrator or Team leader as assigned.
  • Insure there is sufficient communications equipment to complete the assigned IMERT mission.
  • Ensure each piece of communications equipment functions properly and within specifications.
  • Perform periodic performance checks and Preventive Maintenance Inspections (PMI) on the team’s communications equipment.
  • Ensure sufficient accessory equipment is available (i.e.; microphones, antennas, spare batteries, and carrying cases) for the team.
  • Be familiar with emergency services radio procedures and agency call signs.
  • Provide familiarization training in radio operations to each team member.


  • Hold a valid driver’s license.
  • Be physically capable of lifting and carrying heavy objects.
  • Be physically capable of walking over rough terrain to remote sites.
  • Possess good verbal skills when dealing with the public.
  • Be able to maintain composure during high stress situations.
  • Have prior training in the HF, VHF, and/or UHF radio maintenance career fields.
  • Be current in CPR training.


  • Meet the moderate physical fitness requirement


  • Be familiar with installing and operating mobile radio UHF and VHF radio equipment.
  • Be familiar with the operation of hand held UHF and VHF radio equipment.
  • Be familiar with troubleshooting procedures to determine malfunctions in the radio equipment.
  • Be proficient in the use of RF Wattmeters and VOM Multimeters for testing radio equipment.
  • Be familiar with radio wave propagation and be able to determine the best location for radio installation and antenna erection.

Training Requirements 

  • Complete Basic ICS training
  • Complete WMD/mass casualty educational session
  • Complete NIMS training