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ID
6-509-1257
Name
Boat Operator (Law Enforcement)
Status
Published
Version
1.4
Updated
11/14/2019 10:28:26 AM
Original Release
11/07/2017
Last Major Release
11/14/2019
NQS Position
Resource Category
Law Enforcement Operations
Primary Core Capability
On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Boat Operator (Law Enforcement (LE)) responds to maritime law enforcement missions including enforcement, search and rescue, and basic firefighting missions
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
Waterborne Response 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
Type 2The Boat Operator (LE) possesses an operational knowledge of all aspects of being a part of a boat crew, serves in a sworn law enforcement capacity, is the senior position within a Waterborne Response Team, and: 1. Is responsible for safety and conduct of passengers and crew 2. Operates and navigates the boat safely 3. Completes missions
Components
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Completion of Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ)-established education requirements for entry-level employment as a sworn law enforcement officer
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Training that includes the following topics: 1. Maritime law and enforcing maritime laws 2. Vessel screening (moving and stationary) duties 3. Stopping non-compliant vessels 4. Securing ports, waterways, and coastal areas 5. Maritime pursuit tactics, formations, and maneuvers 6. Application of force, use of force, and use of weapons 7. Helicopter/boat interface 8. Successful completion of the NASBLA Tactical Boat Operator’s Course
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. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction 5. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Operator for Search and Rescue (BOSAR) course or Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Maritime Law Enforcement Training Program (MLETP) 6. Approaches to and rescues from burning or sinking vessels 7. AHJ-verified successful completion of the Use of Force Continuum
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of Use of Force, pursuit tactics, formations and maneuvers, pre-arrival enforcement procedures 2. Skills to stop non-compliant vessels, employ weapons systems, integrate with airborne and coastal assets, secure ports, waterways, and coastal areas, screen stationary and underway vessels, and conduct pursuits
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of navigation publications, determining location with GPS, forces that affect boat handling, principles of boat handling, operational limitations of a boat, components of a boat’s propulsion system, and piloting boat using dead reckoning 2. Knowledge of general towing principles in calm or heavy weather, mooring a disabled boat, boat maneuvering in calm or heavy weather, approaching a burning boat, helicopter/maritime interface, searches 3. Skill in docking and anchoring a boat, maneuvering in tight quarters, away from a pier, mooring, securing a boat, and identification of navigation lights and sound signals 4. Skills in recovery of a person in calm or heavy weather, uses of pumps, transfer of personnel in calm or heavy weather, taking a boat in tow (such as stern, alongside), and helicopter/maritime interface 5. Ability to evaluate risk, analyze and integrate information, solve problems, interpret information, communicate effectively, work well with others, coordinate with others to act as a team, organize, and plan
Physical/Medical FitnessNIMS 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 21. Arduous 2. Maintain physical fitness and swimming standards set through the Job Related Physical Ability Test (JRPAT) the AHJ sets 3. Maintain immunizations as outlined in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for the United States of America
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 a local, state, and national criminal history.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Meet task-specific standards at least once every 6 months, including the following: 1. Escorting a Moving High Value Asset (HVA) 2. Protection of stationary or anchored HVA 3. Demonstrate weapons usage and control in maritime environment per AHJ guidelines 4. Boarding an underway vessel
Type 21. Meet task-specific standards at least once every 6 months, including the following: a. Underway hours (20 hours, 10 of which must be nighttime hours) b. Maneuvering a boat for personnel transfer: 1 day and 1 night c. Navigation: Navigate in day or night d. Man overboard recovery: 1 day and 1 night 2. Meet task-specific standards at least once every year including the following: a. Basic Engineering Casualty Control Exercise (1 set of drills) b. Mooring evolution 3. Meet task-specific standards at least once every two years, including the following: a. Water survival exercise b. First aid training (burns, hypothermia, shock, bleeding, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)) 4. Weapons qualifications 5. Background checks applicable law permits or requires
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Successful completion of the Law Enforcement Officer Certification at the requirement of the AHJ
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, NIMS 508: Waterborne Response Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Crew Member (Law Enforcement)
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the National Qualification System, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), Boat Operations and Training Program Manual, Volume 1, 2010
United States Coast Guard (USCG), Boat Crew Seamanship Manual, COMDTINST M16114.5C, September 2003
USCG, Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Manual, Volume I, COMDTINST M16114.32C, January 2013
USCG, Rescue and Survival Systems Manual, COMDTINST M10470.10F, January 2007