Creating a national qualification standard for Emergency Operations positions

Published in Resources on 5/14/2018

FEMA has developed the National Qualification System (NQS), which provides a guideline for developing job tasks and qualification standards for personnel working within the NIMS framework.

Tagged Under: Readiness Assurance, Training

 

 FEMA is leading a whole community effort to strengthen the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management system (NIMS). Their goal is to provide a nationwide definition of emergency operations job titles, tasks and qualification standards that will enable stakeholders to work together to manage all threats and hazards, regardless of the incident’s cause or size. 

FEMA has developed the National Qualification System (NQS), which provides a foundational guideline on the typing of personnel resources within the NIMS framework, plus supporting tools.  The National Qualification System (NQS) supplements the Resource Management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) by establishing guidance and tools to assist stakeholders in developing processes for qualifying, certifying, and credentialing deployable emergency personnel. The NQS national doctrine promotes interoperability by establishing a common language for defining job titles and by enabling jurisdictions and organizations to plan for, request, and have confidence in the capabilities of personnel deployed for disasters and emergencies from other entities through mutual aid agreements and compacts. Following the concepts and processes in this Guideline will enhance national preparedness by expanding the network of qualified incident management and support personnel who can be deployed nationwide.

FEMA also has just released for community feedback the Emergency Operations Center Skillset User Guide with task descriptions for 17 functions within the EOC.  FEMA is accepting feedback on this document until May 9th. The purpose of this effort is to help create a national vocabulary for EOC personnel qualifications, while remaining flexible for the diversity of EOC organization structures.

If you are looking to update your position descriptions and qualification standards for members of your Emergency Response Organization, these might be useful documents.  Take a look and see how you match up to national standards.

Guide to the National Qualification System (NQS):
https://sp.eota.energy.gov/Shared%20Documents/NIMS_NQS_Guideline_April2018.pdf

Emergency Operations Center Skillset User Guide
https://sp.eota.energy.gov/Shared%20Documents/NIMS%20EOC%20Skillsets%20(DRAFT).pdf

For more information go to the FEMA apge at:

https://www.fema.gov/national-qualification-system

 

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