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Forensic Group Supervisor (NQS)
11/7/2019 4:10:49 PM
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Forensic Group Supervisor oversees forensic operations and coordinates with other groups and authorities regarding forensic needs
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 Forensic Group Supervisor: 1. Coordinates with other Intelligence/Investigations groups and other authorities having jurisdiction regarding forensic needs 2. Coordinates with appropriate partners for lab processing and analysis 3. Oversees forensic operations 4. Supervises and configures the group to support operations 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: 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 0960: NIMS ICS All-Hazards Division /Group Supervisor Course 8. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Ability to work with database operations and tracking software 2. Familiarity with communications, logistics, crime scene management, evidence, and chain of custody Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Forensic Group Supervisor, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Supervisory investigative or criminalist experience in a forensic unit
Physical/Medical Fitness1. The NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions. 2. PPE is mission-specific and may vary by work environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Arduous 2. Maintains immunizations in accordance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America 3. Is able to work while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every five years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsOptional training certificates or other documentation related to the field of forensic sciences.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Applicable
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
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Forensic 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
National Incident Management System Intelligence/Investigations Function Guidance and Field Operations Guide (FOG), October 2013
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders