The Technical Information Specialist is responsible for documenting, tracking and retrieving all pertinent information for the task force during incident operations. The Technical Information Specialist reports directly to the Planning Team Manager.

  • All Photography and documenting of event, maintenance and care of photo equipment
  • GPS Tracking, maintenance of GPS equipment and training of entire team to use the equipment
  • GIS duties include making maps and with customized geographic information to serve a variety of purposes. Read and interpret maps, manipulate and understand digital land data, and manage all data collected during the event and disseminated upstream to superiors as requested.
  • Create and maintain all networks for task force while deployed to keep communications fluid between field and base of operations.
  • Gathering requested information from all available sources and forwarding to the Planning Team Manager for incorporation in the planning function.
  • Documenting (written, audio, and visual mediums) the activities of the US&R task force during an assigned mission for onsite and post-incident analysis, historic documentation and post-event critiques, lessons learned, and training.
  • Tracking all pertinent task force personnel information, work schedules, and equipment inventory status.
  • Adhering to all safety procedures.
  • Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment.

Position Requirements and Criteria

Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Technical Information Specialists in the FEMA US&R Response System. The intent of these requirements is to select personnel fully capable of providing competent information management for the task force in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:


The Technical Information Specialist must have:

  1. Knowledge of technical writing, US&R terminology, data collection, documentation procedures, and information analysis of emergency/disaster operations.
  2. Knowledge of the operation of various visual media including, but not limited to, video recorders, audio recorders, and still photography.
  3. Knowledge of photography and video


The Technical Information Specialist must be:

  1. Competent in the use of a portable laptop computer and related software to include but not limited to mapping, Google Earth, word processors, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.