Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become the Task Force Operations Section Chief. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

The Operations Section Chief must:
1.    Have knowledge of USAR operations, strategy, and tactics;
2.    Possess knowledge of the practical application of available technology used to support USAR missions and objectives;
3.    Have an awareness of the hazards associated with various disaster environments;
4.    Be able to recognize the structural features and conditions that contribute to a high probability of victim survival in a collapsed structure;
5.    Have knowledge and understanding of basic construction types, materials and methods;
6.    Possess the technical knowledge to interface with, and work within, a unified command environment with a broad range of disaster response agencies and organizations;
7.    Be knowledgeable about the development and use of integrated action planning concepts and processes;
8.    Have operational knowledge of the use of, and deployment of, victim detection and location techniques to include area sectoring, search patterns, search and structural marking techniques, search team organization and operating procedures;
9.    Be familiar with the principles of building construction, to include how buildings may react in a collapsed situation; and
10.    Have an understanding of individual canine/technical search capabilities and limitations.

The Operations Section Chief must:
1.    Be proficient in structural collapse and technical rescue operations;
2.    Be capable of assessing the health and welfare needs of assigned personnel;
3.    Possess strong interpersonal communication skills;
4.    Be mechanically inclined;
5.    Have sufficient skills to develop a written or verbal report on the Operations Section progress or outcome;
6.    Be capable of navigating in the urban and rural environment utilizing various forms of maps, compass, GPS (including software uploads/downloads) and other navigational aids. Develop a search grid on a map of the disaster site/sites using UTM in conjunction with TIS; and
7.    Be proficient in developing a search strategy and implementing a search plan for various disaster environments.

Skills Desired
1.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following courses: 
•    Confined Space Rescue 
•    Rope Rescue 
•    Swift Water Rescue 
•    Trench Rescue 
•    Fire Officer 
•    Safety Officer 
•    Critical Incident Stress 
•    Hazardous Material Training

The Operations Section Chief must be able to:
1.    Work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    Improvise, share information, resolve conflicts, and solve problems;
3.    Effectively communicate orally and in writing;
4.    Manage assigned personnel and support resources;
5.    Coordinate and direct multiple rescue operations;
6.    Function within a confined space and at heights;
7.    Effectively communicate orally and in writing; and
8.    Deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

The Operations Section Chief is responsible for managing and coordinating all operational functions of the Task Force. The Operations Section Chief reports directly to the Task Force Leader. The Operations Section Chief is responsible for:
•    The development and implementation of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan;
•    Coordinating, managing, and supervising all functional groups involved in search and rescue activities; and Directly supervise rescue managers and search managers and ensure adherence to all safety procedures;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures.
•    Determining rescue and search organizational and logistical needs;
•    Receiving briefings and situation reports and ensuring that all rescue and search personnel are kept informed of mission objectives and status changes; 
•    Providing situation reports, maintain records and reports, and prepare performance evaluations; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.