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Dental Assistant/Hygienist
12/3/2019 10:54:34 AM
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
Public and Private Services and Resources
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Dental Assistant/Hygienist assists dentists and oral surgeons in managing acute dental problems and with exams and procedures
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 Dental Assistant/Hygienist: 1. Functions within the practitioner's (home state dental commission) scope of duties as a dental assistant or hygienist. 2. Possesses basic and advanced skills to include: a. hand instruments and materials to dentists, use of suction or other devices; b. sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care; c. radiographic techniques; darkroom and processing techniques; and film mounting; expose radiographs and process dental x-ray film as directed by a dentist; d. prepare materials for making impressions and restorations
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Successful completion of state recognized course of instruction or completion of an accredited dental assistant program or dental hygiene program
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: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Primary source verification of employment with a providing entity such as an established health care institution, system, agency, service or private practice.
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Moderate
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Certification: Successful completion of one of the following: 1. State-approved certification at this level 2. RDH, EFDA, CDA, or RDA certification if required by the state of primary registration. 3. Radiation Health and Safety examination offered by the DANB or state approved course in radiology. Licensing: Active status of legal authority to function as a dental assistant or dental hygienist without restrictions granted by a state, the District of Columbia, or U.S. territory
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
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016