Individuals who meet the following requirements and criteria will be eligible to become Technical
Information Specialists. 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:
•    Knowledge
•    Skills
•    Abilities

The Technical Information Specialist must have:
1.    Knowledge of technical writing, USAR 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, audit recorders, and still photography;
3.    Knowledge of standard computer operating systems including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint programs;
4.    Successfully completed the USAR Planning Team Training course;
5.    Knowledge of ICS system and the appropriate forms for documenting incident action/tactical plans; and
6.    Knowledge of the GPS and Map Source software program.

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 word processors, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
2.    Capable of uploading and downloading information between the laptop computer and the GPS.
3.    Capable of operating task force issued digital and SLR still camera photography and video recorders to document incident actions.

The Technical Information Specialist must be:
1.    Able to collect data and create appropriate summary reports.
2.    Capable of generating and copying appropriate incident tactical plans for distribution to task force members.
3.    Able to transfer electronic data to the printed hard copy format.
4.    Capable of working with other task force members to develop an after action report after every exercise and actual deployment.

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 Section Chief. The Technical Information Specialist is responsible for:
•    Gathering requested information from all available sources and forwarding to the Planning Section Chief for incorporation in the planning function;
•    Documenting (written, audio, and visual mediums) the activities of the 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;
•    Performing additional tasks or duties as assigned during a mission; and
•    Preparing all audio and visual references materials necessary during the mission.