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ID
1-509-1334
Name
Animal Decontamination Specialist
Status
Published
Updated
10/26/2018 2:23:16 PM
Released
06/19/2018
Resource Category
Animal Emergency Response
Primary Core Capability
Environmental Response/Health and Safety
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Animal Decontamination Specialist provides a range of decontamination operations for animals in one or more of the following competency areas: 1. Companion animals, including pets, service animals, and assistance animals 2. Livestock, including food or fiber animals and domesticated equine species 3. Wildlife animals, captive wildlife, and zoo animals 4. Laboratory animals
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Companion Animal Decontamination Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Handles and decontaminates animals for animal decontamination operations in nuclear or radiological incidents, including: 2. Removing radiological contaminants in a nuclear/radiological incident response
Type 2The Animal Decontamination Specialist: 1. Is a certified NIMS typed Animal Care and Handling Specialist, Animal Control/Humane Officer, Veterinarian, or Veterinary Assistant 2. Handles and decontaminates animals for animal decontamination operations other than nuclear or radiological; tasks include: a. Removing blood, urine, and feces from working dogs, working horses, or service animals b. Removing riot control agents, such as pepper spray, from working dogs, working horses, or service animals c. Removing contaminants associated with floodwater—such as debris, industrial chemicals, petroleum products, and biological pathogens—from animals after a disaster d. Cleaning oiled birds, mammals, and other wildlife e. Cleaning search-and-rescue cadaver dogs working in a contaminated environment f. Removing chemical contaminants in a chemical incident response g. Removing biotoxins in a biotoxin incident response
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Training in accordance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.1200: Hazard Communication Standard 2. Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-provided training in radiological responses and equipment use
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. Training for a NIMS typed Animal Care and Handling Specialist, Animal Control/Humane Officer, Veterinarian, or Veterinary Assistant 2. Training in accordance with the OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness 3. AHJ-provided animal decontamination training
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Participation in an animal radiological decontamination exercise
Type 2Participation in an animal decontamination exercise
Physical/Medical FitnessPPE is mission specific and may vary by working environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Performs duties under arduous circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 3. Keeps immunizations up to date and commensurate with mission
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Participates in an animal decontamination exercise at least once every two years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
This position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
Requestor can order this resource to augment the human decontamination lines of hazardous materials teams
Requestor specifies competency areas necessary based on the animal population the position will serve
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Companion Animal Decontamination Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Care and Handling Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Animal Control/Humane Officer
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinarian
FEMA, NIMS 509: Veterinary Assistant
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1200: Hazard Communication Standard, latest edition adopted