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ID
12-509-1269
Name
Fatality Management Forensic Anthropologist
Status
Published
Updated
1/16/2020 3:30:46 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) Forensic Anthropologist helps to identify skeletal, decomposed, or unidentified human remains, and may also assist in determining age, sex, stature, and unique features of the deceased
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 1The FM Forensic Anthropologist: 1. Oversees the Anthropology function at the temporary morgue and may serve as lead for the Anthropology station 2. Coordinates with the Morgue Forensic Team Leader to determine anthropological requirements and the appropriate methods for examining and documenting findings 3. Determines whether remains are human 4. Provides a biological profile for human remains, including age-at-death, sex determination, estimated living stature, ancestry, unique features, pathologic conditions, bone trauma, medical interventions, or other conditions 5. Assists in the victim identification process through examination of human remains in a variety of conditions 6. Assists in the triage process with the initial documentation and sorting of fragmented or charred human remains located at the temporary morgue site 7. Conducts radiographic comparisons for the positive identification process or turns over information to forensic radiologists 8. Depending on assignment, reports directly to the Morgue Processing Unit Leader (morgue) or the FM Human Remains Recovery Team Leader (field)
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Postgraduate degree in Anthropology (Masters or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)) 2. Additional education and training in the health sciences (such as anatomy, human biology, physiology)
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to 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: Annual Bloodborne Pathogens
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Intermediate computer skills, including e-mail, internet, word processing, and spreadsheet proficiency. 2. Familiarity with evidence collection and handling 3. Familiarity with chain of custody Experience: Two years of experience providing forensic anthropology services to a medical examiner office, coroner system, forensic laboratory, or law enforcement agency
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. 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 1Functions 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
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
1151
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Human Remains Recovery Team Leader
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 1910.134: Respiratory Protections, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted