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September 27, 2018: EOC Skillsets Release

Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) play a critical role in managing incidents, both large and small. The third edition of NIMS describes multiple EOC organization structures, a necessary flexibility given the diversity of EOCs across the nation. This diversity can create challenges when attempting to support personnel qualifications for EOCs and share personnel between centers, however. FEMA developed the EOC Skillsets to address the need for flexibility in EOC guidance while supporting EOC personnel qualifications.

As a part of the National Qualification System (NQS), EOC Skillsets support standardized qualifications for EOC personnel, while remaining flexible enough to accommodate EOCs of all sizes and kinds. EOC Skillsets let individual EOC leaders build position qualifications according to their organization’s needs and resources while building a national vocabulary for EOC personnel qualifications.

The EOC Skillset suite of documents includes:

  • 20 EOC Skillsets, which define demonstrable tasks associated with common EOC functions;
  • The EOC Skillsets User Guide explains what EOC Skillsets are, and how to use them to construct EOC Position Task Books (PTB);
  • EOC Position Task Books (PTB) Introductory Language provides slightly modified language from the standard NQS PTB introductory language, in order to be more applicable for the EOC environment; and
  • EOC Skillset Blank Template is a blank form so that EOC leaders can add additional tasks in order to make the EOC PTBs reflect the full range of tasks for their specific positions.

FEMA developed the EOC Skillsets collaboratively with leaders from local, state, tribal, and territorial EOCs. They reflect common functions performed by EOCs and EOC leaders can mix and match skillsets, combining them together to form EOC PTBs that reflect the needs of their EOC.


Webinar Information

FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the EOC Skillsets and answer questions. All webinars are open to the whole community, including individuals and communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and all governments.

Webinar #1: Tuesday October 2, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Webinar #2: Thursday October 4, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Webinar #3: Wednesday October 10, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Webinar #4: Monday October 15, 3:00-4:00 p.m.


Each stakeholder webinar will cover the same information; choose the session most convenient for you. To download the documents, visit:


January 30, 2018: National Incident Management System Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions for National Engagement

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on 109 NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions. The National Engagement Period will conclude at 5:00 p.m. EST on February 27, 2018. National Engagement provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on the job titles/position qualifications and resource typing definitions.

To review the NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions, go to:

To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to

The National Engagement Period has concluded.

October 17, 2017: Refreshed NIMS Doctrine –Stakeholder Webinars

FEMA hosted a series of webinars to provide information on the recently released National Incident Management System (NIMS) refresh.  Released on October 17, 2017, this updated doctrine reflects the collective expertise and experience of stakeholders who provided almost 3,000 comments over a 30-day National Engagement effort in April and May of 2016. The webinars have concluded.


Last Updated: 
09/27/2018 - 10:57