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Boat Crew Member (Law Enforcement)
6/8/2021 2:17:14 PM
Original Release
Last Major Release
NQS Position
Resource Category
Law Enforcement Operations
Primary Core Capability
On-scene Security, Protection and Law Enforcement
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Boat Crew Member (Law Enforcement (LE)) performs operational tasks and law enforcement functions
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
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Performs support for port, waterway, and coastal security-oriented missions 2. Performs additional law enforcement responsibilities to include application of force, use of weapons, and dealing with non-compliant vessels 3. Executes vessel pursuit tactics, techniques, and procedures
Type 2The Boat Crew Member (LE) possesses an operational knowledge of all aspects of being a part of a boat crew, works under the supervision of a qualified National Incident Management System (NIMS) Type Boat Operator (LE), and: 1. Supports the operation of the vessel (helm watch) 2. Performs lookout duties 3. Performs tow watch duties 4. Performs anchor watch duties 5. Rigs mooring and towing lines 6. Acts as a surface swimmer 7. Administers first aid 8. Operates damage control equipment 9. Performs search and rescue (SAR) operations 10. Performs helicopter operations 11. Performs basic firefighting operations 12. Responds to onboard casualties
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. Law enforcement authority and jurisdiction 2. Maritime homeland security definitions 3. Threats to boat crews 4. Tactical control 5. Stopping non-compliant vessels 6. Limited access areas 7. Security zones 8. Escorting High Value Assets (HVA) and targets of interest 9. Protection of stationary HVAs within a security zone 10. Response boat duties and basic response boat tactics 11. Use of force and weapons use 12. Pursuit tactics, definitions, formations, and maneuvers
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. Completion of one of the following: a. Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Inland Boat Operator Training (IBOT) b. FLETC Marine Law Enforcement Training Program (MLETP) c. National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boat Crew Member Course or equivalent
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Demonstrated weapons proficiency from a maritime asset 2. Ability to identify threats to boat crews
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Knowledge of SAR mission concepts, helicopter interface operations, and stern and alongside towing methods and procedures 2. Using survival equipment, ropes and lines, communications equipment, nautical charts, navigation equipment, and electronic waterway surveillance equipment 3. Basic boat handling, rigging fenders, mooring a boat, anchoring a boat, and identification of navigation lights and sound signals 4. Man overboard pick up and recovery 5. Ability to 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 6. Ability to use tow lines and associated equipment, survival equipment, ropes and lines, portable water pumps, and fire extinguishers 7. Ability to assist onboard casualties
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. Minimum physical fitness and swimming standards set through the Job Related Physical Ability Test (JRPAT) set by AHJ 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 year including the following: 1. Use of force exercise at the determination of the AHJ 2. Vessel on vessel use of force 3. Escorting HVAs and targets of interest 4. Protection of stationary or anchored HVA
Type 21. Meet task-specific standards at least once every year including the following: a. Underway hours (40 hours every year, 10 of which must be nighttime hours) b. Mooring evolution c. Towing: 1 day and 1 night d. Basic Engineering Casualty Control Exercise (1 set of drills) e. Man overboard recovery: 1 day and 1 night 2. Meet task-specific standards at least once every two years, including the following: a. Water survival exercise b. First aid training (for example burns, hypothermia, shock, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and bleeding) 3. Weapon qualification 4. 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 2Successful completion of the Law Enforcement Officer Certification at the requirement of the AHJ
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
FEMA, NIMS 508: Waterborne Response Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Boat Operator (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, Operations and Training (BOAT) Manual, Volume I, COMDTINST M16114.32C, January 2013
USCG, Rescue and Survival Systems Manual, COMDTINST M10470.10F, January 2007