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National Engagement Period: NIMS Resource Management Supplemental Guidance and Tools

FEMA’s National Integration Center is soliciting feedback on draft documents designed to strengthen the resource management component of the National Incident Management System (NIMS):

  • The NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System 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.
  • The NIMS Job Titles/Position Qualifications define minimum qualifications criteria for personnel serving in defined deployable incident positions.
  • The NIMS Position Task Books identify the competencies, behaviors, and tasks that personnel should demonstrate to become qualified for a defined incident position.
  • The NIMS Guideline for Mutual Aid is designed to help unify mutual aid efforts by providing stakeholders with common practices and processes for use in mutual aid planning.
  • The updated NIMS Guideline for the Credentialing of Personnel provides standards and guidance for credentialing incident personnel nationwide.
  • The NIMS Resource Typing Definitions provide the minimum qualifications for personnel, teams, and equipment.

This national engagement period will conclude at 5:00 pm EDT on June 9, 2017. National engagement provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the draft documents to ensure the final products reflect the collective expertise and experience of the whole community.

To review the draft of the NIMS Resource Management supplemental guidance and tools, visit the NIMS national engagement web page. To provide comments on the drafts, complete the feedback form and submit it to FEMA-NIMS@fema.dhs.gov.

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