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Support Branch Director (NQS)
6/14/2021 11:16:10 AM
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 Support Branch Director oversees incident-related resources, supplies, facilities, and ground transportation
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 Support Branch Director: 1.Establishes or transitions into a branch under the Logistics Section 2.Supervises and configures the branch with units to support operations, as necessary 3.Coordinates the implementation of mutual aid agreements 4.Oversees the ordering and tracking of incident-related resources and supplies 5.Oversees the setup, maintenance and demobilization of all incident facilities and the management of base and camp operations 6.Manages the following: a. Support for out-of-service resources b. Transportation for personnel, supplies, food and equipment c. Fueling, service, maintenance and repair of vehicles and other ground support equipment
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingThe 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. 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/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Understanding of the implementation of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) and other mutual aid agreements Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Support Branch Director, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Leadership experience in incident management in a subordinate position within the Logistics Section
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 Support 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, October 2019
FEMA, NIMS Training Program, May 2020
Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC), Public Law 104-321: EMAC Legislation, October 1996
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Position Catalog, latest edition published