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Public Assistance Site Inspector
11/1/2021 9:26:20 AM
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Last Major Release
Resource Category
Primary Core Capability
Infrastructure Systems
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Public Assistance (PA) Site Inspector assesses and documents damage in collaboration with PA grant recipients, applicants, pass-through entities, or subrecipients—stakeholders collectively called “applicants”.
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 PA Site Inspector: 1. Conducts inspections at damage sites 2. Documents grant applicants’ damage claims 3. Compiles documentation and enters data into grant management software 4. Creates a detailed Damage Description and Dimensions form 5. Creates maps, photo markups, and sketches to supplement written reports that the grant management software stores and generates 6. Provides good customer service to applicants through prompt follow-up and a professional demeanor
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingE/L 0865: Public Assistance Site Inspection is a comprehensive course that can replace courses IS-1004 and IS-1007, collectively.
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-632: Introduction to Debris Operations 4. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 6. IS-1002: FEMA Grants Portal – Transparency at Every Step 7. IS-1004: The FEMA Site Inspection Process 8. IS-1007: Detailed Damage Description and Dimensions 9. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Public Assistance Site Inspector, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Relevant experience as determined by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)
Physical/Medical FitnessNIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical / Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Moderate
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 five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Valid state-, territory-, or District of Columbia-issued driver's license
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 necessary specialty areas, such as roads or dams, based on incident needs
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Public Assistance Site Inspector
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, October 2019
FEMA, National Disaster Recovery Framework, June 2016
FEMA, Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide, April 2018
Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, as amended
Title 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR): Emergency Management and Assistance, latest edition adopted