Incident Management Teams
The Colorado Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team Project was developed due to the need for qualified all-hazard incident management personnel in the state. The documentation, qualifications, knowledge and abilities are based on the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) and All-Hazard Incident Manament Team Association (AHIMTA) qualifications, but modified from a wildland focus to an all hazards focus. This project works in conjunction with FEMA Region VIII's efforts to develop incident management teams.
In 2003, the State of Colorado Resource Mobilization Working Group began developing state standards for individual resources and Type 3 Incident Management Teams. The Type 3 Incident Management Team Subcommittee of the Working Group has developed task books and guidelines as a standard for the state program. The documents created from this process provide guidance for the establishment of minimum standards for incident personnel using these "All-Risk" task books and standards. Personnel who are certified in a NWCG position prior to the implementation of this guideline, may retain that certification and carry it over into the Colorado system. To qualify in any other state positions, the individual must meet the standards identified herein. The position certifications can be used for most Colorado positions with the exception of Command and Operations in a wildland fire incident.
The program works closely with FEMA Region VIII to ensure the qualifications and position task books are consistent with federal standards and guidelines. As FEMA develops new requirements, they are incorporated into the Colorado position task books.
This initiative is designed to
- Strategically locate teams throughout the state.
- Provide incident management for state level disasters that do not receive a federal declaration.
- Provide for the interim management of an incident until arrival of Type 1 or Type 2 team.
- Prepare team personnel for all-hazard incidents.
- Deploy management personnel when local jurisdictions are overwhelmed or for an incident with a prolonged operational periods.
- Allow requests for single team resources and not necessarily the entire team.
With the publication of these guidelines, the standards established in this guide are to be met by all participating agencies and organizations that choose to certify individuals and teams within the Colorado system. Individuals who have begun the process of qualifying for a position under NWCG guidelines may continue to use those standards and will be accepted by the Colorado system. Additionally, any individual who has begun the evaluation process need not take any newly required course(s) for that position. No local agency is required to use these standards or qualifications to manage their own incidents.