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Medical Unit Leader (NQS)
10/27/2021 4:31:56 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Emergency Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Medical Unit Leader coordinates the medical needs of the incident, it does not provide medical treatment.
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
Type Description
Type 1The Medical Unit Leader: 1. Ensures occupational health of all incident personnel, including planning for and coordinating incident emergency response. Incident emergency response often involves Medical Unit Leader coordination of patient evacuations/extractions from remote areas requiring good knowledge of available resources and their capability 2. Reports to the Logistics Section Chief or the Safety Officer and works in the Logistics functional area
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not specified
TrainingIdentified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives.
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. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Medical Unit Leader, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NQS Guide defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Performs duties under light circumstances
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) or equivalent
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
FEMA, Position Task Book for Medical Unit Leader, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2019