Auxillary Communications

Overview

In 2016 Colorado House Bill 16-1040 established the auxillary emergency communications unit referred to as Colorado Auxillary Communications (AuxComm) within DHSEM's Office of Emergency Management. 

About Colorado AuxComm

Colorado AuxComm is a specialized incident and disaster response public safety communications unit made up of volunteers, whose primary mission is to support the State Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Colorado AuxComm may also activate to support local jurisdictions and agency through the state resource mobilization process.  In addition to providing emergency communications, Colorado AuxComm works with our Emergency Communications agencies such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the American Red Cross, and the Colorado National Guard to develop interoperability solutions and cooperative agreements. 

Requirements 

  • Applicants to Colorado AuxComm must have a willingness to serve and be at least 18 years of age.  

  • Prior to application the individual must have completed FEMA’s online Incident Command System courses ICS 100, ICS 200, IS 700, and IS 800.

  • Prior to application members must have an Amateur Radio Operators license.

  • Applicants selected for voluntary membership are expected to complete the team’s required training program.

  • Successfully pass a background check.

  • Sign a Volunteer Service Agreement and Code of Ethics

  • Members must attend annual team training and a minimum of one deployment per year.

Colorado AuxComm is a volunteer organization. In most cases, team members are able to easily manage work, life, and Colorado AuxComm commitments. However, emergencies and disasters know no time schedule. In times of emergency Colorado AuxComm members may be called upon to operate at night, on weekends, during normal business hours, and on holidays. Before applying to Colorado AuxComm, consider your availability and willingness to serve. Though a limited number of our members have administrative assignments that allow them to work from home, many Colorado AuxComm assignments required members to deploy to the field, potentially under rustic conditions.

For questions, concerns, or assistance with the application process, contact State AuxComm at:

Volunteer Application Process and Requirements

The Colorado Auxiliary Communications Unit (Colorado AuxComm) within the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is currently seeking qualified volunteers who have a desire to serve the Colorado community with emergency communications capability in time of emergency. This volunteer unit was created to provide emergency communications support to the OEM and the State of Colorado.

Colorado AuxComm is currently looking for volunteers with experience or willingness to be trained in one or more of the following fields of expertise:

  • All Hazard Communications

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Communications

  • Amateur Radio License General Class License or Higher

  • Amateur Radio Technician License (if upgrade to General License or higher within 12     months)

  • Military Auxiliary Radio System

Additional communication roles are being developed and we are looking for people with diverse communications backgrounds and experiences that are willing to help develop and grow the organization.

Application Instructions

Submitted application packets must consist of the following documents:

  • Application Instructions Sheet

  • Applicant Information Sheet

  • Applicant Questionnaire

  • Copies of Course Certificates: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800

  • Copies of any applicable communications related licenses, qualifications, certificates,     and/or     credentials

  • Copy of Government Issued Photo ID Card (e.g., Driver’s License, State ID, Military ID)

Submit complete application packets to: Email: CO_AuxComm@state.co.us or hand deliver or mail to: Attn: DHSEM OEM Communications Office, 9195 East Mineral Avenue, Suite 200, Centennial, CO 80112

For questions, concerns, or assistance in the application process, contact Colorado AuxComm at:  

Application Process

  • Notification of team membership status within 45 days of application.

  • Background check scheduled.

  • Successfully pass criminal background ground.

  • Attend the Auxiliary Communications Workshop.

Documents

Download and the documents below and submit to following the directions.  

 

AuxComm operating during State EOC activation