Disaster Workforce Credentialing
Florida's Public Health and Health Care Credentialing Framework for the Disaster Response Workforce
Background Screening: Personnel must be background screened and be given verification of their identity. This is the badging component of the credentialing framework.
Two Forms of Government Issued ID: Two forms of government issued picture identification must be carried into a deployment and must be verified on scene.
Personal Identification Verification with Interoperable Chip: A personal identification verification badge may have an interoperable chip.
QualificationResources must meet defined standards and incorporate National Incident Management System definitions. Individual typed assets are personnel whose qualifications are compared against the standard. These assets are then vetted for eligibility, verified and assigned a type by a proficiency level. Eligibility is based on proof of qualification and demonstrated competency. The tools in this part of the credentialing framework are:
- Florida Specific
- Florida Disaster Responder Qualification Standards (Draft for ESF 6)
- Expert: This individual is considered a Type 1 asset, having the highest capability. They have superior understanding of the subject area and response role and are able to operate without supervision to coordinate multi level mission assignments.
- Fully Qualified: This individual is considered a Type 2 asset, fully capable of performing tasks associated with the response role with limited supervision.
- Basically Qualified: This individual is considered a Type 3 asset, but not capable of operating autonomously.
- Trainee or Entry Level: This individual is considered a Type 4 asset, new to the response role and must operate with direct oversight and guidance from a more qualified individual.
- Core Competencies for Disaster Medicine and Public Health
- ICS competencies
- ICS competencies for Strike Team Leaders
- Public Health Preparedness and Response competencies
Job Action Sheets:
Task Books and Evaluations:
- Asset Typing Workgroup Annual Report 2011 2012 2013
- Individual Asset Typing Procedure
- Team Asset Typing Procedure
Deployment Orders with Mission Number: The deployment orders and mission number are produced by the Division of Emergency Management EM Constellation system operating at the Emergency Operations Center. The system takes in requests from areas needing resources and produces a mission description and number for each resource deployed.
Verification of Deployment Orders: No resources are deployed without a mission. Resources deploying without a mission are unauthorized and will not be granted access to an area of operations. A disaster responder is not fully credentialed until this authorization is verified.
Expiration and Revocation: The mission orders have a start and an end date. The responder is not authorized to be in the area of operations after the mission orders expire.
In 2010-11, the Florida Department of Health developed a White Paper on credentialing the disaster workforce. This paper provides an overview of national and state disaster workforce credentialing initiatives and recommends action steps to enhance the public health and healthcare components of the state credentialing initiative.
Florida Public Health and Health Care Preparedness Disaster Workforce Credentialing White Paper
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