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Division/Group Supervisor (NQS)
7/19/2019 9:12:45 AM
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS) implements the portion of the Incident Action Plan (IAP) pertaining to his or her Division/Group, supervises assigned resources, reports on the progress of operations and the status of assigned resources, and provides assessment and context as input to the shared situational picture
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 DIVS performs the following: 1. Organizes and assigns resources into configurations to meet incident and tactical objectives 2. Identifies and determines assigned resources' ability to complete assignment within the time frame to achieve strategies and objectives 3. Coordinates activities with adjacent Divisions/Groups and across functional areas 4. Implements the portion of the IAP pertaining to his or her Division/Group
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 Initial Response, ICS-200 3. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 4. ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff - Complex Incidents 5. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 6. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 7. E/L960: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Division/Group Supervisor Course
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) Division/Group Supervisor, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Experience in a position that applies the behaviors and competencies that support the DIVS, such as Task Force Leader, Strike Team Leader, or Type 4 Incident Commander
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, as a NIMS typed Operations Section Chief, or as a NIMS Type 3 Incident Commander during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsSome types of incidents, such as hazardous materials incidents, may require a level of technical certification.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
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
Physical and medical fitness level requirements may increase based on incident response requirements
FEMA, NIMS 509: Incident Commander
FEMA, NIMS 509: Operations Section Chief
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Division/Group Supervisor, 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