The Department of Interior’s all hazards and positions qualifications guide, approved last year for Department of Interior agencies, is to be used for positions other than wildland and prescribed fire.
It is recognized that there are a substantial number of agency personnel who have been engaging in managing all-hazard incidents for many years at both the park level and as part of incident management teams. In recognition of that experience, a historical recognition period has been granted to allow individuals to apply for all-hazard position qualification based on prior experience. This recognition period ends on March 29th.
The historical recognition process does not exempt personnel from taking the training required for particular positions. If there is a deficiency in having required training (i.e. IS 100/200/300/400/700), then the applicant will be provisionally qualified pending completion of this course work.
For Type III or lower positions, chief rangers have the authority to qualify people through reviews of their incident experience and training. During this recognition period, chief rangers may recognize staff within their park units as having met the qualifications for these positions based on prior experience. Completion of the relevant task book is not necessary. Once a determination has been made, the applicant must submit his or her application packet to the EICC for input into IQS/IQCS.
Applications for Type II and Type I positions must be sent to the incident management program committee for review and final determination. A statement detailing past experience in addition to the above documentation listed is also required. Applicants will be notified of determinations of qualifications subsequent to that time.
For more information, please consult the incident management program committee website. There you will find the DOI all hazard qualifications guide, forms, task books, and other relevant information.