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The National Incident Management System is intended to be used by the whole community. The intended audience for this page is individuals, families, communities, the private and nonprofit sectors, faith-based organizations, and state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and federal agencies. The purpose of this page is to allow access to documents and other guidance that are undergoing national engagement.

March 19, 2019: FEMA Seeks Public Feedback on National Qualification System Supplemental Guides

FEMA’s National Integration Center seeks public feedback during a 30-day National Engagement period on the National Incident Management System (NIMS) National Qualification System (NQS) Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Job Title/Position Qualification and the NIMS NQS ROSS Position Task Book (PTB). These tools provide a nationwide baseline for ROSS personnel throughout the Nation.

The National Engagement Period, which concludes at 5:00 p.m. EDT on April 18, 2019, provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.

Todays release includes:

  • The NIMS NQS ROSS Job Title/Position Qualification defines minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in the ROSS role; and
  • The NIMS NQS ROSS PTB identifies the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified as a ROSS.

Go here to download the draft documents and comment form: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/177889.

To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov no later than 5 p.m. EDT on April 18.

Beginning in spring 2018, the National Integration Center (NIC) worked with the FEMA CBRN Support office and several state and local stakeholders to develop this suite of documents for ROSS. This ROSS Job Title/Position Qualification and PTB build on the ROSS coursework developed by FEMA CBRN, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, and a large group of local, state, tribal, and territorial stakeholders.

FEMA is hosting 60-minute webinars to discuss the ROSS position documents 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. The schedule is below; the content is the same for each webinar.

Webinar 1: Thursday, March 21 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. EDT
 
Webinar 2: Thursday, March 28 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT

 

Webinar 3: Thursday, April 4 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

 

Webinar 4: Thursday, April 11 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. EDT
 

Thank you for your input and continued support. Together, we make our nation more secure and resilient.

March 5, 2019: NIMS National Qualification System (NQS) Supplemental Guidance for National Engagement

FEMA’s National Integration Center is seeking public feedback on several National Qualification System (NQS) documents that enhance interoperability and the effectiveness of mutual aid. This National Engagement Period will conclude at 5 p.m. EDT on April 4, 2019. The National Engagement Period provides an opportunity for interested parties to comment on newly developed supplemental guidance.

Today’s release includes:

  • NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators that provides processes, procedures, and tools to assist authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ) develop and maintain coaching and evaluating programs as part of the larger qualification process; and
  • NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRBs that provide basic processes and procedures to assist AHJs develop and maintain a QRB as part of the larger certification process.

Go here to download the draft documents and comment form: https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/175755.

After releasing the NIMS Guideline for the NQS (NQS Guide) in November 2017, FEMA received feedback from stakeholders requesting more substantive guidance on the process and procedures for qualification, certification, and credentialing. Subsequently, the NIC began development of supplemental guidance to the NQS Guide earlier this year. The NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for Coaches and Evaluators and the NIMS NQS Supplemental Guide for QRBs provide more detail and procedural discussion about the qualification and certification processes.

To support partner and stakeholder adoption, FEMA is hosting a series of 60-minute webinars to discuss the NQS supplemental guidance 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. The schedule is below. All times are Eastern Time.

Webinar 1: Thursday March 7, 2019, 5:00pm-6:00pm EST

 

Webinar 2: Tuesday March 12, 2019, 1:00pm-2:00pm EDT

 

Webinar 3: Thursday March 14, 2019, 10:00am-11:00am EDT
 

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form on the webpage listed above and submit the form to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

February 28, 2019: FEMA Seeks Feedback on Two NIMS Resource Management Documents

FEMA's National Integration Center seeks public feedback on two NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications and Resource Typing Definitions regarding HAZMAT response released under the Environmental Response/Health and Safety core capability. 

To provide comments on the draft, complete the feedback form and submit the form to fema-nims@fema.dhs.gov. The national engagement period for these two documents will end at 5 p.m. ET on March 28, 2019.

Two Hazardous Materials Resource Types for National Engagement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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03/19/2019 - 11:24