Oregon Broadcast Engineering
Travel Identification Credential Program Information,
Procedures, and Application Link
(A downloadable form and the link for submissions is at the bottom of this page)
What is required to qualify for the credentials?
Credentials are available to individual Broadcast Engineers holding SBE or other certification, individuals designated as FCC chief operators by local stations, or Registered Professional Engineers practicing in the broadcast field. The requirements to earn credentials are simple.
- Applicants need to demonstrate ongoing familiarity with the operations of emergency management during a disaster by taking and passing three free online courses.
- Individual broadcast engineers seeking credentials will need a sponsorship signature from an employer, contracting entity, or credential committee member.
- For your own protection you will need Personal Protection Equipment. Basic starter kits are available online for as low as $30.
- Engineers are expected to be on their best behavior as described in Engineers Code of Conduct, below.
What is the cost and term of the credentials?
The typical term of credential will be 5 years and the credential fee is $50. This fee will cover the administration of the program. This fee is tax deductible as a work expense, or business expense if reimbursed by your employer. There is no fee for ongoing training during the life of your credential.
What do I need to do to apply?
Download the application form below. Once you have completed the form and attachments simply submit the application at the bottom of this page. Once your application is processed and approved you can send your fee payment by check or credit card. It’s that simple.
Approval is in cooperation with Oregon Association of Broadcasters (OAB), Oregon Emergency Management (OEM), and the participating Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and will be reviewed annually as requested by OEM.
Credentials will be available to Individual engineers who are eligible under the following criteria:
- Individuals holding SBE or other broadcast trade certification, or
- Registered Professional Engineers practicing in the broadcast field, or
- Approved certified Broadcast Service Providers, or
- Individuals designated as FCC chief operators by local stations, or
- Trade certified sole proprietor contractors, partnership broadcast contractors and trade certified paid staff firms providing Broadcast “engineering services”
You will also need a sponsor. That can be provided by an employer, a member of the credentials committee, or a recognized engineer in the broadcast industry.
The initial qualification for the credentials includes completion of several training courses that are provided at no cost by FEMA. You will need to take and pass the three courses listed below.
For details on the courses see https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx
1. IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100 [0.3 CEU / 3 hours]
2. IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents [0.3 CEU / 3 hours]
3. IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction [0.3 CEU / 3 hours]
Incident Commanders or Emergency Managers may require specific equipment needed during a specific kind of disaster. For example a shovel and bucket may be required during a wildfire event. Please note that the intention is for the credentialed individual to have everything they need for health and safety as they enter, work in, and exit from the disaster zone.
Minimum Personal Protection and Safety Equipment Starter Kit
1 – Hard Hat Recommended White, standard ANSI Z89.1 hard hat (Type II, Class E) 1 – Back Pack Yellow or Lime 1 – Safety Vest Lime (florescent), Recommend standard ANSI (Class 2) or greater.
1 – N95 Dust Mask 1 – Chemical Goggles (Vented)
1 – Duct Tape (10 Yards). 1 – Metal Whistle 1 – 300′ “Caution” Tape (2 mil.) 1 – Rope (1/4″ x 50′)
1 – First Aid Kit
1 – Fire extinguisher
Required Personal Items for Self-Sufficiency
Water – 1 gallon of water per day, per person
Food – Non-perishable foods providing approximately 2500-3000 calories per day, per person
Light – Industrial light stick(s) and flash light
Heat/Shelter – Emergency blanket(s), weather appropriate sleeping bag, hand warmers, etc.
Sanitation – Plastic bags and wipes for personal sanitation
Day to day requirement for engineers
1 – Weather appropriate clothing
1 – Knee Pads
1 – Heavy Duty Work Gloves
1 – Footwear with ankle support
1 – “D” Size Flashlight and 1 pack of “D” Batteries 1 – 15″ Pry Bar –
1 – Pocket Multi Tool
1 – Broadcast related tool kit
Personal safety is a priority during an emergency. Many of the training items are oriented toward safety and building a relationship with your local emergency managers. Developing an emergency plan at your broadcast facility, developing a local emergency plan, and building a working relationship with emergency managers is encouraged. As an incentive these activities have a higher hour equivalent. Many of these activities also qualify for SBE ongoing training requirements.
Ongoing training requires a specified number of hours. The following examples are included as examples of acceptable ongoing and refresher training. Applicants may mix and choose training opportunities from this list or use alternate training not on this list. The following list is intended as a sample and not a requirement. Items with CEU credits will be multiplied by 10 to calculate hour value. [Bracket items indicate CEU value assigned by provider or hours assigned.]
- IS-247.A: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) [0.2 CEU / 2 hours] (SBE Qualified)
- IS-230.D: Fundamentals of Emergency Management [0.6 CEU / 6 hours]
- IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction [0.3 CEU / 3 hours]
- IS-802: Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #2 – Communications
- FEMA Safety Orientation 2015 IS-35.15: [0.3 CEU / 3 hours] (SBE Qualified)
- RF Safety Awareness Training Certification (SBE Qualified)
- Electrical safety (SBE Qualified)
- Outdoor Hazards Safety Awareness (SBE Qualified)
- Cold Weather Safety Training (SBE Qualified)
- Heat Stress Safety (SBE Qualified)
Emergency Oriented Items
- Table top broadcast emergency exercise (SBE Qualified)
[5 hours – 10 when participating in planning for and critique of the exercise]
- Field broadcast emergency exercise (SBE Qualified)
[7.5 Hours – 15 when participating in planning for and critique of the exercise]
- Visit your local ECC [2.5 Hours]
- Participate in a local emergency management Emergency Response Exercise. (SBE Qualified)
[7.5 Hours – 15 when participating in planning for and critique of the exercise]
- Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) or Neighborhood Emergency Team (NET) training. Participation in police auxiliary, voluntary fire, and other similar services. [20 hours per year]
- Yearly participation in a CERT or NET program. [10 Hours]
- Perform a broadcast facility mitigation assessment for earthquake, fire or other disaster. [5 Hours]
- Establish a local Broadcast plan to facilitate emergency communications during a local disaster. [20 Hours]
*Participants in local exercises will demonstrate participation by including a letter provided by the organizing authority which documents the participation.
Plans, mitigations, assessments or participation in a broadcast plan may be demonstrated by attaching the assessment or plan.
Code of Conduct
Use of the Broadcast Engineers Credential is a privilege which carries with it the expectation of following a strict Code of Conduct. Any violation of this Code of Conduct may result in suspension of the credential or restrictions on its use.
You are expected to comply with the following:
- When attempting to gain access to an infrastructure site that is within a controlled emergency incident area, you must register with the Incident Commander in order to request access and ensure that you obtain clear directions about operating and checking in as you conduct assessment and repairs.
- You must follow the directions of the authorities you interact with. The credential does NOT guarantee access, nor does it imply any obligation on the part of the authorities to provide access. The decision as to whether or not to grant access rests with the Incident Commander and is final.
- Bring or wear personal protective equipment and necessary items such as water, food, appropriate clothing and other supplies. You are responsible for having what you need. Do not expect that these necessities will be supplied for you from emergency responders on scene.
- If after receiving safety briefings you decide to proceed into the controlled area, you do so at your own risk. You are required to take every reasonable precaution to stay safe during your work. You have an obligation to minimize the potential that emergency responders may need to assist or rescue you.
- Confine your actions to your physical and resource limitations. You are expected to assess what is possible to accomplish based on equipment available, physical abilities, knowledge, authority and hazards.
- Your access badge is to be used ONLY in emergency situations for which you have been officially deployed by the owner/operator of specific critical infrastructure for the purpose of assessment or repairs. You may not use your access badge as identification in any other circumstance.
- Access carries with it the responsibility to check in and communicate with emergency responders to enhance their situational awareness. The incident commander or his or her delegate will direct you as to how best to carry out this responsibility.
HOW THE LAW READS
401.239 First informers; credentialing.
(1) As used in this section:
(a) “Broadcaster” means a person that holds a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission under 47 C.F.R. parts 73, 74, 76 or 78.
(b) “First informer” means an individual:
(A) Who has received credentials under this section and who is employed by, or acting pursuant to a contract under the direction of, a broadcaster; and
(B) Who is:
(i) Maintaining, including repairing or resupplying, transmitters, generators or other essential equipment at a broadcast station or facility; or
(ii) Providing technical support services to a broadcaster or to another first informer.
(2) Unless prohibited by state or federal law or in the discretion of the incident commander during an emergency declared under ORS 401.165, a first informer may:
(a) Travel on public roads within a geographic area subject to a declaration of emergency under ORS 401.165;
(b) Access the geographic area for the purposes of maintaining transmitters, generators or other essential equipment at a broadcast station or facility used to acquire, produce or transmit news or public safety information related to the emergency; and
(c) Access the distribution of fuel, food, water, supplies, equipment and any other materials necessary for producing a broadcast or a broadcasting signal.
(3) An emergency service agency may not seize a vehicle, fuel, food, water or other essential materials in the possession of a first informer.
(4) The Office of Emergency Management shall authorize a private entity organized under the laws of this state that represents a majority of the broadcasters in this state to establish a program for the issuance of credentials for first informers pursuant to a plan developed by the private entity. The plan to provide credentials to first informers must provide for training first informers regarding:
(a) Risks associated with entering a geographic area subject to a declaration of an emergency under ORS 401.165;
(b) Best practices for working safely in the geographic area; and
(c) Best practices for working in a geographic area without hindering or interfering with the conduct of emergency services by an emergency service agency.
(5) The private entity selected by the office to develop a plan for and issue credentials to first informers shall annually submit to the office a report regarding the operation of the program to issue credentials, including any changes to the plan or program. [2015 c.151 §2]