EMAP 2-2019 Draft National US&R Standard Public Comment Form
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EMAP Public Comment Submission for the EMAP 2-2019 Draft National Urban Search & Rescue Standard by EMAP
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Public Commenter,
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The EMAP Standards Subcommittee and Technical Committee has worked diligently over the last year to develop the EMAP 2-2019 Draft National Urban Search & Rescue Standard for your consideration in Year 2 of the EMAP Standard Review Cycle. Please take an opportunity to review the entire Draft Standard and provide your suggested revisions along with a justification as to the suggested revisions, along with your Electronic Signature.
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The Public Comment period will last sixty (60) calendar days and will conclude on June 28, 2018. Each Public Commenter may make multiple suggested revisions, but the form is only setup to enable you with the ability to add one public comment in one submission. If you would like to provide multiple public comments then you will need to submit multiple public comment forms. Please ensure that your suggested revisions and enhancements along with the justification are complete, as we are unable to accept public comment submissions that are incomplete. In addition, please make sure that you complete the form with an Electronic Signature as we are unable to accept a submission without an Electronic Signature due to our copyright policies. Once you have completed the form, please save it and return it to cjacobs@emap.org.
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We look forward to receiving your public comment. If you have any questions or require technical assistance, please contact Ms. Christine Y. Jacobs, EMAP Assistant Director, at 859/494-0917 or by email at cjacobs@emap.org.
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Please provide your contact information. Commenters will receive their Public Comment Response via electronic correspondence. Please ensure that your email address is correct.
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Name:
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Title:
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Phone Number:
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Please complete one of the four sections below, providing a public comment for the Definitions, the US&R Standard, Annex A-1 Positions Descriptions, or Annex A-2 US&R Resource Mission Capability Requirements. Please only provide one public comment on this form.
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US&R Standard Definitions
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If you would like to submit a public comment for one of the definitions, please choose a definition on the Dropdown List. All Public Comments must be submitted based on the EMAP 2-2019 Draft National Urban Search & Rescue Standard by EMAP.
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Definition:0
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US&R Standard
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If you would like to submit a public comment for one of the forty-five standards, please choose a Standard on the Dropdown List. All Public Comments must be submitted based on the EMAP 2-2019 Draft National Urban Search & Rescue Standard by EMAP.
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Standard:3.3.3
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The US&R Resource shall maintain a roster of fully qualified personnel that is two deep in each functional position in accordance with the appropriate position descriptions. A Type I and II US&R Resource may reduce in the following functional positions: Medical Team Manager (minimum of 3); Structural Specialist (minimum of 3); Heavy Equipment Rigging Specialist (minimum of 3); and Canine Search Team (minimum of 6).
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Annex A-1 National Urban Search and Rescue System Position Descriptions
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If you would like to submit a public comment for one of the position descriptions found in Annex A-1, please choose a Position Description title from the Dropdown List. All Public Comments must be submitted based on the EMAP 2-2019 Draft National Urban Search & Rescue Standard by EMAP.
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Position Description: Safety Officer
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Position Specific Requirements: The Safety Officer is responsible for monitoring and assessing the safety aspects of the Resource during training, exercises and incident operations. The Safety Officer reports directly to the Task Force Leader. Description of Duties: The Safety Officer is responsible for: (1) Overseeing all health and safety of all Resource personnel during day to day operations, training and exercises, as well as on deployment; (2) Coordinating with Resource Team Managers relative to the health, welfare and safe operations of their assigned personnel; (3) Preventing injuries and illness of Resource members through appropriate administrative and engineering controls of hazards including enforcement of safety policies and procedures; (4) Conducting site safety analysis, completing required ICS documents for IAP/OAP/TAP, developing safety messages and conducting safety briefings; (5) Working with Resource Team Managers to establish acceptable entry conditions and appropriate personal protective equipment to be worn by personnel entering the hazard zone; (6) Establishing and enforcing the use of a personnel accountability system to be used during training, exercises and actual disaster deployments; (7) Immediate intervention of activities to prevent the loss of life and prevention of injuries; (8) Conducting incident/accident investigations with appropriate Resource personnel under the direction of the Task Force Leader. Prepare post incident injury reports and submit them to the Task Force Leader; (9) Preparing and maintaining entry permits, records and reports; and (10) Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned. Position Requirements and Criteria: Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to deploy as a Safety Officer in support of the Resource's activities. The intent of these requirements is to select functional managers capable of effectively managing and supervising the safety function in various disaster environments. Required Training: The Safety Officer shall: (1) Complete all of the required General Training requirements; (2) Complete the FEMA ICS-300 in accordance with the NIMS Training Program; (3) Complete the FEMA ICS-400 in accordance with the NIMS Training Program; (4) Complete the FEMA National US&R Response System US&R Safety Officer course, or equivalent; (5) Meet requirements of current NFPA 1006 Rescue Technician: Rope Rescue Technician; Confined Space Rescue; Trench Rescue Technician; Vehicle and Machinery Technician; Surface Water Rescue Technician; and Complete refresher training as required by the AHJ in accordance with Rescue Technician (NFPA 1006); (6) Complete the FEMA National US&R Response System Structural Collapse Technician course, or equivalent; (7) Meet and maintain the requirements as a certified Hazardous Materials Technician as per OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response; and Complete annual refresher training as required for Hazardous Materials Technician (OSHA 29 CFR, 1910.120); OR (7) Meet and maintain the AHJ competencies in accordance with NFPA 472 Standard for Professional Competence of Responders in Hazardous Materials Incidents to the level of Hazardous Materials Technician; and Complete annual refresher training as requested for Hazardous Materials Technician (NFPA 472); (3) Complete a WMD - Considerations for Hazardous Materials Specialist course, FEMA US&R Hazardous Materials Specialist course, or equivalency; and (4) Have a current Certification in Basic First Aid for First Responder, or equivalent. Recommended Training: (1) Complete Chapter 11, Surface Water Rescue (Levels 1 & 2).
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