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ID
10-509-1285
Name
Air Operations Branch Director (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
10/25/2018 5:56:15 PM
Released
11/09/2017
Resource Category
Emergency Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Air Operations Branch Director maintains full operational control over air and support assets for the incident or coordinates the employment and support for air operation resources
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The Air Operations Branch Director: 1. Maintains full operational control over air and support assets for the incident or coordinates the employment and support for air operation resources 2. Assesses both manned and unmanned air resource needs and ensures that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) use falls under Air Operations 3. Maintains accountability for all responding air assets 4. Oversees mobilization and demobilization of air resources 5. Monitors and reports any significant air resource problems and emergencies to appropriate personnel 6. Coordinates air resource needs and use with Federal and state liaisons 7. Establishes or transitions into a branch under Operations Section in the Incident Command System (ICS) 8. Supervises and configures the branch with divisions and groups as necessary
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Incident Command System for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents 3. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 4. ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents 5. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 6. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 7. E/L 0986: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Air Support Group Supervisor 8. E/L 0987: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Introduction to Air Operations 9. G0191: ICS/EOC Interface
ExperienceMilitary rating (current or former) as a pilot or navigator may fulfill this recommended experience.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Air Operations Branch Director, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Experience in an air tactical or air support position AND participation in three or more exercise activations or real-world activations with one or more operational periods
Physical/Medical FitnessNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Performs duties under moderate circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time
CurrencyMilitary experience may fulfill this recommended currency.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every two years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not 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 specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
638
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Air Operations Branch Director, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016