Credentialing is a standard system—across disciplines and agencies—to authenticate emergency responders and their capabilities during a public safety incident. According to FEMA, the credentialing process "entails the objective evaluation and documentation of an individual's current certification, license or degree; training and experience and competence or proficiency to meet nationally accepted standards, provide particular services and/or functions or perform specific tasks under specific conditions during an incident. For the purpose of NIMS, credentialing is the administrative process for validating personnel qualifications and providing authorization to perform specific functions and to have specific access to an incident involving mutual aid."
Oklahoma Emergency Responder Qualifications
The Oklahoma Emergency Responder Qualifications document is the first step in the development of the Oklahoma Emergency Responder Credentialing System. Through these qualifications, Oklahoma responders can build partnerships among federal, state, local and tribal agencies in order to facilitate emergency responder deployment for response, recovery and restoration.
The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security has been fortunate to work in partnership with multiple emergency response agencies and officials from all over the state to develop a draft version of the Oklahoma Emergency Responder Qualifications. The Oklahoma Emergency Responder Advisory Group consists of more than 100 members representing law enforcement, fire service, public health, emergency medical service, non-governmental organizations, emergency management, public works, and agriculture.