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Traffic Control Specialist
1/4/2019 5:01:07 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Critical Transportation
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Traffic Control Specialist coordinates traffic control points during transportation-related incidents
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Evacuation Coordination Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The Traffic Control Specialist: 1. Establishes traffic control objectives and evacuation and re-entry operational goals, under the Evacuation Coordination Team Leader's direction 2. Determines appropriate embarkation zones, as necessary 3. Coordinates with Transportation Specialist, Mass Care Specialist, and information technology specialist to identify optimal routes for evacuation and re-entry operations, considering locations of pick-up points, reception centers, and shelters 4. Identifies specific traffic control points for evacuation and re-entry operations 5. Develops plan to staff, stage, deploy, and monitor progress of traffic control points for evacuation and re-entry operations 6. Works with key local, regional, state, and Federal partners to establish and implement cohesive traffic control strategies for evacuation and re-entry 7. Coordinates with Public Information Officer to establish talking points and other communication methods, such as signage, related to evacuation routes and zones 8. Provides ongoing situational awareness updates on protective action progress, barriers, and evolving needs 9. Directs closure of evacuation corridors as hazards arise 10. Identifies and implements refuge of last resort, as necessary
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
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: Incident Command System for Single Resource and Initial Action Incidents 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Three years of experience in Emergency Operation Center (EOC) operations in a state or local role during three or more EOC evacuation exercise activations or during one lengthy real-world activation (at least one week), involving establishing and staffing traffic control points 2. Experience with multi-jurisdictional, interagency communication coordination 3. Experience in traffic management at a local or state level
Physical/Medical FitnessNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Performs duties under light circumstances characterized by working consecutive 12-hour days under physical and emotional stress for sustained periods of time
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in an evacuation position during a multi-operational incident, 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
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
The position typically works 12 hours per shift, is self-sustainable for 72 hours, and is deployable for up to 14 days
FEMA, NIMS 508: Evacuation Coordination Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Evacuation Coordination Team Leader
FEMA, NIMS 509: Public Information Officer
FEMA, NIMS 509: Transportation Specialist
FEMA, NIMS 509: Mass Care Specialist
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017