The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking public feedback on 24 Fire Management and Suppression Resource Typing documents.
These documents are important because they improve mutual aid and interoperability by establishing baseline qualifications for NIMS-types teams, personnel, and equipment. The IAFC has identified the need to resource-type fire and EMS resources over the years in order to standardize the personnel and resources being requested through mutual aid. The IAFC also lobbied to FEMA to create the Fire Management and Suppression Core Capability in the National Preparedness Goal.
The list of definitions covers a wide range of positions and assets including firefighter; fire officer; incident management team (firefighting); fire engine strike team (structural); and engine pumper.
The full list of resources for review can be found on the FEMA web page.
Comments are due by 5:00 PM ET on December 10. The IAFC requests that its members review these resource typing documents and submit comments.
Ken LaSala is the IAFC’s Director of Government Relations & Policy.