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ID
3-509-1226
Name
Emergency Medical Services Operations Officer
Status
Published
Updated
12/3/2019 11:35:31 AM
Released
11/07/2017
Resource Category
Emergency Medical Services
Primary Core Capability
Public Health, Healthcare, and Emergency Medical Services
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operations Officer plans, accounts for, coordinates use of, schedules, and dispatches EMS task forces, strike teams, and single unit resources
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
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: The NIMS Type 1 EMS Operations Officer directs the operations of EMS task forces, strike teams, and single unit resources deployed to support medical operations during emergencies and disasters, and: 1. May work as the Medical/EMS Group Supervisor or Medical/EMS Branch Director in the ICP 2. Supervises operational assignments 3. Reports work progress 4. Reports status of resources to the ICP Operations Section Chief
Type 2The National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type 2 EMS Operations Officer plans, accounts for, coordinates use of, schedules, and dispatches EMS task forces, strike teams, and single unit resources deployed to support EMS operations during emergencies and disasters, and: 1. Reports to the Medical/EMS Group Supervisor or Branch Director in the Incident Command Post (ICP) 2. Coordinates operational assignments 3. Conducts planning and report work progress 4. Reports status of resources to the Resource Unit Leader in the ICP 5. Coordinates sustainment needs with Logistics Section of ICP
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. High School Diploma 2. An Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic (EMT-P) program, or completion of the minimum terminal learning objectives for EMT-P as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) National EMS Education Standards defines
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents
Type 2Completion 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. Training in accordance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness 7. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection 8. Training in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Ten years of EMS field operations 2. Five years of leadership experience in EMS or a related field
Type 2Five years of EMS field operations
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Arduous
CurrencyProvider must carry out and use any background checks as applicable law specifies. This may include a background check completed within past 12 months, sex offender registry check, and a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation once every three years 2. Complies with accrediting entity, agency, or body’s established annual recertification, training, and education, such as continuing education units or professional development hours, which may vary by organization, department, and agency 3. Maintains immunizations as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended adult immunization schedule for the United States of America 4. Active member with an EMS-providing entity, organization, or agency 5. Background checks as applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2AHJ-certified Paramedic
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
CDC, Immunization Recommendations for Disaster Responders, September 2008
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Emergency Medical Services Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach, June 2000
NHTSA, The National EMS Education Standards, January 2009
NHTSA, The National EMS Scope of Practice Model, February 2007
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Guidance of Emergency Responder Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Response to CBRN Terrorism Incidents, June 2008
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) Part 1910.120: Hazardous Materials Awareness, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.134: Respiratory Protection, latest edition adopted
OSHA 29 CFR Part 1910.1030: Bloodborne Pathogens, latest edition adopted