The purpose of the Incident Medical Specialist program is to provide Basic
Life Support for injuries, and minor medical care for the more common minor
medical problems on a fire.
To provide the high quality of service required of incident
medical personnel, it has been determined that personnel in the program must
have knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following different areas:
- Knowledge and skill to handle injuries and illnesses of an emergent nature.
These abilities need to be continually updated on a regular basis.
- Medical knowledge of a clinical nature that is appropriate for the fire
situation. This knowledge must be expanded and updated on a regular basis.
- A physical fitness level that allows the caring for and transporting
of injuries and illnesses that may occur on the fire line.
- A basic understanding of wildland fire behavior, and the knowledge and
skill to act appropriately to ensure one's own safety in the event of providing
medical care on the line in proximity to dangerous fire behavior.
- A basic familiarity with incident organizational structure to interact
effectively on a fire.
- A thorough understanding of IMS policies, limits, procedures, and operations.
- A thorough familiarity with the NFES #1835 500 person medical kit.
- A thorough familiarity with the protocols for the use of medications
and other supplies in the medical kit that are outside the scope of normal