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Time Unit Leader (NQS)
6/14/2021 1:18:10 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
Resource Category
Incident Management
Primary Core Capability
Operational Coordination
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Time Unit Leader collects, records, and maintains all time data and cumulative time records
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 Time Unit Leader: 1. Establishes or transitions into a unit under the Finance/Administration Section 2. Configures unit with personnel to meet incident needs 3. Oversees the collection, recording and maintenance of time data and cumulative time documentation, as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) requires 4. Determines, in coordination with the Finance/Administration Section Chief, the incident personnel and equipment for which staff will track time 5. Provides Incident Commander (IC) and Operations Section Chief with documentation on personnel hours worked and equipment time usage to ensure compliance with established work/rest ratios
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Training1. Identified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives. 2. The 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. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 6. IS-2900: National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF) Overview 7. E/L 0975: Finance/Administration Unit Leader, or equivalent 8. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Financial management concepts and principles Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Time Unit Leader, or equivalent Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) documentation 2. Experience in incident management in a finance-related position
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Light
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 CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
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, NIMS 509: Finance/Administration Section Chief
FEMA, NIMS 509: Incident Commander
FEMA, NIMS 509: Operations Section Chief
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Time 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