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Situation Unit Leader (NQS)
6/14/2021 11:11:29 AM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Situational Assessment
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Situation Unit Leader oversees unit staff who collect, process and organize situation information, prepare situation summaries and develop projections and forecasts related to the 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 Situation Unit Leader: 1. Establishes or transitions into a unit under the Planning Section 2. Configures unit with personnel to support the incident 3. Oversees unit staff in: a. Preparing situation summaries b. Identifying graphical and numerical projections and displaying incident information relating to movement, growth, mitigation or activities c. Projecting and forecasting changes to provide and maintain a Common Operating Picture (COP) d. Preparing maps, charts and graphs as necessary e. Preparing for and participating in planning meetings f. Providing up-to-date situational awareness and incident status g. Collecting, processing, organizing, displaying and disseminating incident information and intelligence
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-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 6. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface 7. E/L 0964: National Incident Management System Incident Command System All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader 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 Situation Unit Leader, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Experience in gathering, updating and applying situational information to make informed strategic decisions and to exchange relevant incident information 3. 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 Situation 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