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Air Tactical Group Supervisor (NQS)
6/14/2021 11:02:37 AM
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Last Major Release
NQS Position
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Air Tactical Group Supervisor coordinates all airborne activity with the assistance of a helicopter coordinator and a fixed wing coordinator.
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 Air Tactical Group Supervisor: 1. Establishes or transitions into a group under the Operations Section in the Incident Command System (ICS) 2. Supervises and configures the group with units as necessary 3. Coordinates the takeoffs and landings of daily assigned missions with the Air Support Group Supervisor 4. Directs in-flight missions to ensure safety; updates aircrews of changes, diversions or recalls 5. Assists aircrew during in-flight emergencies (IFE) and coordinates with the Air Support Group Supervisor when necessary 6. Coordinates with the Air Support Group Supervisor to accomplish the following: a. Communicate aircrew and aircraft status for daily mission assignments b. Divert aircraft to alternate airfields when necessary due to weather, crosswinds or special needs of aircraft or aircrew c. Update mission status or communicate significant events the Air Operations Branch Director needs to be aware of d. Report mission information to the Air Operations Branch Director for the operational planning worksheet and daily situation report
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
TrainingThe National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program defines a national baseline to guide and promote NIMS training. It provides recommendations to assist AHJs in developing their own training plans, tailored to their specific needs.
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/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface 8. Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-approved Introduction to Air Operations course
ExperienceMilitary rating (current or former) as a pilot or navigator may fulfill experience in an air operations position.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the NIMS Air Tactical Group Supervisor, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Experience in an air operations position
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Moderate
Currency1. Military experience may fulfill this currency. 2. A higher position is one for which this position is a prerequisite within the Operations Section.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position or a higher position during a qualifying 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
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 additional qualifications necessary, based on incident complexity and needs.
FEMA, 509: Air Operations Branch Director
FEMA, 509: Air Support Group Supervisor
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Air Tactical Group Supervisor, latest edition adopted
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, NIMS Training Program, May 2020
FEMA, National Response Framework, October 2019
National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG), Position Catalog, latest edition published