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Supply Unit Leader (NQS)
6/14/2021 1:22:30 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Logistics and Transportation
Primary Core Capability
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Supply Unit Leader oversees unit staff who order, receive, process, store, inventory and distribute all incident-related resources. The Supply Unit Leader also oversees unit staff who assist in projecting resource needs.
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 Supply Unit Leader: 1. Establishes or transitions into a unit under the Logistics Section 2. Configures unit with personnel to meet incident needs 3. Supervises the ordering of resources—including personnel, equipment and supplies—for incident support 4. Oversees the receiving, processing, storage, inventorying and distribution of incident-related resources and supplies 5. Helps project operational support resource needs
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Training1. Identified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives. 2. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program defines a national baseline to guide and promote NIMS training. It provides recommendations to assist Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) in developing their own training plans, tailored to their specific needs.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 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 6. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface 7. E/L 0970: National Incident Management System Incident Command System All-Hazards Supply Unit Leader, or equivalent
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the NIMS Supply Unit Leader, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Leadership experience in incident management in a subordinate position, including experience in ordering, receiving and inventorying resources, as well as managing incident logistics
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Light
CurrencyA higher position is one for which this position is a prerequisite.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position or a higher position during a qualifying incident, planned event, exercise, drill or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation and meals, prior to deployment.
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary, based on incident complexity and needs.
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Supply Unit Leader, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, NIMS Training Program, May 2020
FEMA, National Response Framework, October 2019
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Position Catalog, latest edition published