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Resources Unit Leader (NQS)
6/14/2021 11:09:07 AM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Communications
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Resources Unit Leader tracks the location and status of all resources assigned to an incident.
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
Type Description
Type 1The Resources Unit Leader: 1. Establishes or transitions into a unit under the Planning Section 2. Configures unit with personnel to support operations 3. Compares resource needs with a list of resources available for assignment and follows the ordering process to submit completed resource requests, as necessary 4. Coordinates with other units to maintain the status of available, assigned and out-of-service resources 5. Ensures all assigned resources have checked in at the incident 6. Coordinates with the Demobilization Unit to track demobilizing resources
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Training1. Identified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives. 2. The NIMS Training Program defines a national baseline to guide and promote NIMS training. It provides recommendations to assist Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) 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. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-703: National Incident Management System Resource Management 6. IS-706: NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid – An Introduction 7. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 8. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview 9. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface 10. E/L 0965: National Incident Management System Incident Command System All-Hazards Resources and Demobilization Unit Leaders Course, or equivalent
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the NIMS Resources Unit Leader, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Experience in incident management in a subordinate position
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Light
CurrencyA higher position is one for which this position is a prerequisite.
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 five 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, NIMS 508: Incident Management Team
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Resources Unit Leader, 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