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ID
2-509-1423
Name
Air Operations Branch Director (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/7/2019 4:00:37 PM
Released
11/07/2019
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Air Operations Branch Director maintains full operational control over air and support assets for the incident or coordinates the employment and support for air operation resources
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 1The Air Operations Branch Director: 1. Maintains full operational control over air and support assets for the incident or coordinates the employment and support for air operation resources 2. Assesses both manned and unmanned air resource needs and ensures that unmanned aerial systems (UAS) use falls under Air Operations 3. Maintains accountability for all responding air assets 4. Oversees mobilization and demobilization of air resources 5. Monitors and reports any significant air resource problems and emergencies to appropriate personnel 6. Coordinates air resource needs and use with state and Federal liaisons 7. Establishes or transitions into a branch under Operations Section in the Incident Command System (ICS) 8. Supervises and configures the branch with divisions and groups as necessary
Components
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: Basic 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/L 0986: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Air Support Group Supervisor 8. E/L 0987: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Introduction to Air Operations 9. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceMilitary rating (current or former) as a pilot or navigator may fulfill this experience.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the NIMS Air Operations Branch Director, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Experience in an air tactical or air support position AND participation in three or more exercise activations or real-world activations with one or more operational periods
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Moderate
CurrencyMilitary experience may fulfill this currency.
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
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
1201
Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, NIMS 508: Incident Management Team
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Air Operations Branch Director, 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