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ID
12-509-1313
Name
Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit Leader (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/7/2019 4:09:46 PM
Released
11/20/2017
Resource Category
Medical and Public Health
Primary Core Capability
Fatality Management Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Fatality Management (FM) Morgue Processing Unit (MPU) Leader oversees processing teams in the morgue and provides security for human remains and accompanying records.
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
 
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1The FM MPU Leader: 1. Establishes guidelines for assigning a morgue reference number (MRN), opening morgue case file folders, and instituting processing procedures, under the direction of the local Medical Examiner/Coroner (ME/C) and Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor 2. Oversees processing teams in the morgue, while providing security for human remains and accompanying records 3. Oversees needs and procedures of the functional stations 4. Ensures completion of all forms for assigned human remains after each morgue station completes its processing 5. Submits completed morgue case folders to the Morgue Identification Center (MIC) when human remains processing is complete 6. Reports directly to the Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor or designee
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Bachelor’s degree in sciences, criminal justice, or public administration OR mortuary degree with 2 years of experience in an ME/C office
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. 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
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 next of kin (NOK) laws, body storage, and deceased body release laws Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit Leader, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Management or investigative experience within a medical examiner’s office, coroner system, or forensic unit of a law enforcement agency, involving morgue or incident facility maintenance
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS 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 encountering child 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 (CDC) recommended immunization schedule
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
Requestor specifies if hazardous materials are present in the operating area; provider ensures that individuals hold certifications required by applicable laws and regulations to operate in environments where hazardous materials are present
1165
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit
FEMA, NIMS 508: Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Embalming and Casketing Mortuary Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Forensic Photographer
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Morgue Admitting Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Morgue Escort
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Personal Effects Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Morgue Forensic Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Human Remains Recovery Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Fatality Management Human Remains Storage and Release Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Mass Fatality Management Group Supervisor
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Fatality Management Morgue Processing Unit Leader, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders