FEMA Seeks Input on 5 Draft National Incident Management System (NIMS) Documents


D4H Technologies monitors changes that may affect clients and how we deliver our services. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is currently seeking feedback on a suite of National Incident Management System (NIMS) Resource Management component guidance documents that improve interoperability and mutual aid. This could effect how your team manages there qualifications in the future. The National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017.

The purpose of this review is so organizations can accurately and rapidly provide mutual aid to critical incidents, but mutual aid partners currently lack a common language and process to easily share qualified personnel. During incidents, this poses problems for jurisdictions and organizations: uncertainty about qualifications of requested resources, personnel being deployed with the wrong skill sets and precious time lost assembling teams with the proper skill sets. The National Qualification System (NQS) will provide a common language and approach to qualifying emergency personnel.

The drafts released for comment are:

  1. The draft NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS), which describes the components of a qualification and certification system, defines a process for certifying the qualifications of incident personnel, describes how to stand up and implement a peer review process and provides an introduction to the process of credentialing personnel.

  2. A set of draft NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications, which define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.

  3. A set of draft NIMS Position Task Books (PTBs), which identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.

  4. The draft NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid, which provides an overview of common mutual aid practices; defines common terminology and processes; and describes an approach for creating legal agreements and operational plans.

  5. The updated draft of the NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel, which provides guidance on national credentialing standards; presents operational definitions and important terms related to credentialing; suggests ways to adapt the national credentialing standards to departmental, agency, jurisdictional or organizational requirements; and describes how to obtain additional guidance and technical assistance on credentialing.

We will keep a close eye on these changes will effect our own D4H Personnel and Training Solutions which helps manage a response teams’ most expensive assets;­ their people and certifications, tracking skills, training, experience, scheduling, communications and activity for compliance and engagement.

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