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ID
2-509-1032
Name
Incident Commander (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/7/2019 4:13:24 PM
Released
10/01/2006
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Incident Commander (IC) has overall management responsibility for the incident
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Incident Management 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: Coordinates operations at the state, local, tribal, and territorial level or across jurisdictions
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. Works as a member of a Unified Command, when established 2. Approves all plans and operations outlined in the Incident Action Plan (IAP) 3. Coordinates operations at the local level 4. Supervises Command and General Staff 5. Indirectly supervises all other personnel assigned to the incident through subordinate Incident Command System management positions (section chiefs, branch directors, division/group supervisors, unit leaders, and strike team/task force leaders)
Type 4The IC has overall management responsibility for the incident, which is by nature complex and which requires numerous personnel and resources focusing on prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. The IC: 1. Develops and implements a transition plan based on escalating incident complexity 2. Delegates various management tasks by assigning objectives to the Command and General Staff personnel
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Training1. Identified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives. 2. For Type 2, recommend National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) S-420: Command and General Staff training, or equivalent team training. 3. For Type 1, recommend NWCG S-520: Advanced Incident Management training, or equivalent team training.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 2. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 3. ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview 6. E/L 0950: National Incident Management System Incident Command System All-Hazards Incident Commander Course, or equivalent 7. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface 8. United States Fire Administration (USFA) 0305: Type III All-Hazards Incident Management Team Course
Type 4Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 1 Incident Commander, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Satisfactory performance as National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 2 Incident Commander
Type 2Same as Type 3, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 2 Incident Commander, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Certification as a NIMS Type 2 Operations Section Chief OR Planning Section Chief OR Logistics Section Chief OR Finance/Administration Section Chief 3. Satisfactory performance as NIMS Type 3 Incident Commander
Type 3Same as Type 4, PLUS: 1. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 3 Incident Commander, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Successful performance as a NIMS Type 4 Incident Commander
Type 41. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 4 Incident Commander, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Satisfactory performance as Task Force Leader or Strike Team Leader, or supervisory experience equivalent to a Task Force Leader or Strike Team Leader
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Light
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Same as Type 3
Type 3Same as Type 4
Type 4Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every three years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
Type 3Not Specified
Type 4Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
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: Incident Management Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Operations Section Chief
FEMA, NIMS 509: Planning Section Chief
FEMA, NIMS 509: Logistics Section Chief
FEMA, NIMS 509: Finance/Administration Section Chief
FEMA, Position Task Book for Incident Commander
FEMA, National Qualification System Guide
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS)
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016