Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Task Force Planning Section Chief. The intent of these requirements is to select functional managers capable of effectively managing and supervising the planning component in the urban disaster environment. The requirements and criteria for the position are identified in the following categories:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

The Planning section Chief must:
1.    Have an awareness of other disaster organizations;
2.    Be knowledgeable about the development and use of integrated action planning concepts and processes;
3.    Have a general knowledge of hazardous materials response functions and defensive techniques, heavy equipment and rigging techniques, information collection and recording, building construction, communications systems, and equipment management procedures;
4.    Be knowledgeable of USAR operations, strategy, and tactics;
5.    Have an awareness of the hazards associated with the various disaster environments;
6.    Be familiar with the structural features and conditions that contribute to a high probability of victim survival in a collapsed structure; 
7.    Have knowledge of supervisory and personnel management skills;
8.    Have successfully completed ICS-300 course;
9.    Have successfully completed USAR Planning Team Training course; and
10.    Have knowledge of GPS and Mapping software.

The Planning Chief must:
1.    Be proficient at development of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan as part of the Operational Action Plan;
2.    Be proficient at the use of GPS and Mapping software; and
3.    Possess good interagency coordination skills.

The Planning Section Chief Should have:
1.    NFPA or equivalent training in any of the following:
•    Confined space rescue
•    Rope rescue
•    Swift water rescue
•    Trench rescue
•    Fire officer
•    Safety officer
•    Critical incident stress
•    Hazardous material
2.    Structural collapse training at a technician level, equivalent to NFPA 1670;
3.    Previous experience in the use of SCBA/SABA;
4.    Understanding of and/or experience with heavy equipment; and
5.    Previous experience dealing with Engineers.

The Planning Chief must have:
1.    The ability to work well with technical experts, local officials, and other organizations;
2.    The ability to be flexible, to improvise, resolve conflicts, and solve problems;
3.    An ability to manage assigned personnel, specialized equipment, and local support resources during disaster situations; 
4.    The ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; and
5.    Be able to deploy by ground or air (fixed or rotary wing).

The Task Force Planning Chief is responsible for planning aspects of the Task Force during incident operations. The Planning Chief reports directly to the TFL. He/she supervises the Structural Engineer, Hazmat Specialist, and Technical Information Specialist. The Planning Chief is responsible for:
•    Developing and implementing the planning components of the Task Force Tactical Action Plan;
•    Establishing liaison with other internal agencies/organizations and officials throughout the incident;
•    Addressing coordination of specialists, including structural engineers, hazmat specialists, and technical info specialists;
•    Coordinating, managing, and supervising all planning component activities;
•    Adhering to all safety procedures;
•    Determining the planning component organizational and logistics needs;
•    Receiving briefings and situation reports and ensures that all planning personnel are kept informed of status changes;
•    Providing situation reports and maintaining records and reports;
•    Preparing performance evaluations for assigned personnel;
•    Providing accountability, maintenance, and minor repairs for all issued equipment; and
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission.