DOI All-Hazard Responders
DOI All-Hazard RespondersAs part of our mission, DOI employees are involved in a broad range of activities to respond to and recover from emergencies on Federal lands and in support of the Nation in times of crisis. DOI employees are the Department's greatest asset when it comes to responding during emergencies and are often called upon to assist in response and recovery activities. To ensure we are prepared, the Office of Emergency Management issued a "National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance Policy" and an "All-Hazards Incident Management Staffing Policy" to make certain our employees are appropriately trained and ready to respond.
All DOI responders must have completed at least "Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS-100.b)" and "National Incident Management System (NIMS): An Introduction (IS-700.a)" to deploy to an incident.
If you would like to pursue additional training to deploy in a specific capacity, position qualifications and training requirements can be found in the "DOI Incident Positions Qualification Guide (IPQG)."
In addition to ICS qualifications, many DOI incidents also require personnel with highly specialized skills gained through educational degree programs such as Biologists or Architectural Conservators, or who meet industry training standards such as Arborists or Boat Operators. In many cases, these personnel may perform the same duties during an incident that they perform in their regular job. The IPQG contains the incident qualification requirements for many of these "technical specialists."
The Office of Emergency Management has released an Incident Management Implementation Guide to provide DOI-wide assistance for Bureaus and Offices in order to implement DOI's framework for managing incident staffing for all-hazard incidents by applying established qualifications parameters for positions, training requirements for responders, and dispatch/mobilization procedures. This guide also outlines the process for Historical Recognition of Experience and an Individual Responder Evaluation Application. The Historical Recognition of Experience deadline has been moved from July 18, 2013 to May 30, 2014.
If you are interested in becoming an emergency responder for the Department, you are encouraged to start by taking basic Incident Command System (ICS) courses and checking with your Bureau or Office Emergency Coordinator.
DOI Sponsored Advanced ICS Training
Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) courses are offered by the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) throughout the year. This includes the course entitled: "H-337: Command and General Staff Functions for Local Incident Management Teams" which covers ICS-300 and ICS-400 training requirements. The course provides training for DOI employees who may serve on local incident management teams in command and general staff positions, which may involve a large number of local and/or mutual aid resources. This course continues to ensure that DOI meets the requirement to respond to emergencies using NIMS standards as determined by Emergency Management Policy Guidance Bulletin 2007-1: NIMS Training Requirements.
Available training opportunities for H337 include the following:
April 21-25, 2014- Whitefish, Montana
February 16-20, 2015- NCTC - Shepherdstown, West Virginia - TENTATIVE
Additional training courses will be added as they become available. If you would like to sponsor an offering of H337 at your location, please contact the Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-513-0894 for details.
Other Training Sources
- Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Independent Study Program NIMS Courses
- State Offices and Agencies of Emergency Management may make some training available to Federal Employees as space is available.
- National Wildland Fire Training
For additional information about training opportunities and getting involved with DOI emergency response efforts, please contact your bureau/office's Emergency Management Coordinator or the Office of Emergency Management's Preparedness and Response Division at: 202-208-5673.