DOI All-Hazard Responders

DOI All-Hazard Responders

As 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.

Link to DOI Incident Positions Qualifications GuideAll 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."

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 All Hazard Incident Qualification Position Taskbooks

The DOI Incident Positions Qualification Guide (IPQG) presents the requirements for occupying and performing specific positions within an all-hazard incident response.  Many of these positions require the successful completion of a positon taskbook which will be used to demonstrate competency in the necessary tasks and training needed to serve in full capacity in a specific position on an incident.  Taskbooks that have been approved for use by trainees are located here.  


DOI Sponsored Advanced ICS Training

Biologist inspecting a Desert Tortoise. Hazardous materials clean-up incident near Stateline, NV BLM California Desert District. Photo credit, Tony Doty

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. Updated links to those training requirements sites are here .


Available training opportunities for H337 include the following:

None scheduled at this time.

Other Training Sources

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.

H-337 Class photo Estes Park, Colorado, Feb 2013. Photo credit, Dave Lattimore