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ID
12-509-1267
Name
Fatality Management Autopsy Technician
Status
Published
Updated
1/16/2020 3:01:58 PM
Released
11/07/2017
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Fatality Management Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Fatality Management (FM) Autopsy Technician assists the forensic pathologist before, during and after autopsies
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Performs duties with decedents or within areas exposed to hazardous materials
Type 2The FM Autopsy Technician: 1. Receives instructions from the FM Forensic Pathologist about duties to perform and procedures to follow 2. Moves remains for examination 3. Prepares collection materials or forms 4. Cleans instruments and work surfaces 5. Ensures the completion of all support functions for processed remains 6. Reports directly to the FM Forensic Pathologist
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2High School Diploma or equivalent
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response
Type 2Completion 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 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. Training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness 6. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection 7. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Intermediate computer skills, including e-mail, internet, word processing, and spreadsheet proficiency 2. Familiarity with evidence handling and chain of custody Experience: 1. Two years of autopsy technician experience with a medical examiner office or coroner system 2. Agency Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-verified comparable on-the-job training sufficient to perform the duties of this position
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Arduous 2. Performs duties with exposure to whole and fragmented human remains in various stages of decomposition 3. Performs duties with sights and smells associated with death, including seeing children as victims, grieving survivors, and family members of missing victims 4. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every two years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508-12: Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team
FEMA, NIMS 509-12: Fatality Management Forensic Pathologist
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.120: Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protections, latest edition adopted
OSHA, 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted