Since the adoption of the National Incident Management System, or NIMS, resource typing has been a major component of emergency managment and mutual aid. By standardizing how we define resources (including teams, equipment, vehicles, personnel, etc.) emergency managers nationwide can make better decisions regarding what assistance is needed, and more importantly, what they capabilities of that resource will be when it arrives. No one wants to waste time determining exactly what that team from three states away can actually do when they arrive at staging. To support this standardization, resources are typed based on their capabilities - what can they accomplish while working on an incident. FEMA has a good explantaion on resource typing and mutual aid.
UAS are a new resource in public safety and emergency management. As such, there is limited typing information available for teams and personnel. FEMA published one in 2018, and while this is a good start, decision makers in Florida felt it was too broad to be fully effective. CDRP, in conjunction with some members of the Florida UAS Working Group, has been working on typing for Florida UAS teams, including personnel qualifications, certification resources, and associated training.
These documents are currently moving through the review process for adoption in Florida. The Task Book is an adaptation of the National Wildfire Coordination Group's fantastic work, modifed slightly to apply to all hazards.
Position Definitions and Position Task Book
As of 4 October 2019, all documents here are in DRAFT status.
UAS Position Descriptions
Overview document for all three (3) UAS positions: Small UAS Pilot [SUASP], Small UAS Team Leader [SUASTL], and Small UAS Data Techician [SUASDT]
UAS Position Task Book (PTB)
Position Task Book that applies to all three (3) UAS positions: Small UAS Pilot [SUASP], Small UAS Team Leader [SUASTL], and Small UAS Data Techician [SUASDT]. This Task Book can be used to support crew training and development.