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Incident Management Teams

Incident Complexity / Management Teams

Incident Management Teams manage emergency incidents. When wildland fires or other large events occur, an Incident Management Team (IMT) will be assigned. The incident management team assigned addresses the incident complexity.

Type 1

• This type of incident is the most complex, requiring national resources for safe and effective management and operation.

• All command and general staff positions are filled.

• Operations personnel often exceed 500 per operational period and total personnel will usually exceed 1,000.

• Branches need to be established.

• A written incident action plan (IAP) is required for each operational period.

• The agency administrator will have briefings, and ensure that the complexity analysis and delegation of authority are updated. • Use of resource advisors at the incident base is recommended.

• There is a high impact on the local jurisdiction, requiring additional staff for office administrative and support functions.

 

Type 2

• This type of incident extends beyond the capabilities for local control and is expected to go into multiple operational periods. A Type 2 incident may require the response of resources out of area, including regional and/or national resources, to effectively manage the operations, command, and general staffing.

• Most or all of the command and general staff positions are filled.

• A written IAP is required for each operational period.

• Many of the functional units are needed and staffed.

• Operations personnel normally do not exceed 200 per operational period and total incident personnel do not exceed 500 (guidelines only).

• The agency administrator is responsible for the incident complexity analysis, agency administration briefings, and the written delegation of authority.

 

Type 3

• When incident needs exceed capabilities, the appropriate ICS positions should be added to match the complexity of the incident.

• Some or all of the command and general staff positions may be activated, as well as division/group supervisor and/or unit leader level positions.

• A Type 3 IMT or incident command organization manages initial action incidents with a significant number of resources, an extended attack incident until containment/control is achieved, or an expanding incident until transition to a Type 1 or 2 IMT.

• The incident may extend into multiple operational periods.

• A written IAP may be required for each operational period.

 

Type 4

• Command staff and general staff functions are activated only if needed.

• Several resources are required to mitigate the incident, including a task force or strike team.

• The incident is usually limited to one operational period in the control phase.

• The agency administrator may have briefings, and ensure the complexity analysis and delegation of authority is updated.

• No written IAP is required but a documented operational briefing will be completed for all incoming resources.

• The role of the agency administrator includes operational plans including objectives and priorities.

 

Type 5

• The incident can be handled with one or two single resources with up to six personnel.

• Command and general staff positions (other than the incident commander) are not activated.

• No written IAP is required.

• The incident is contained within the first operational period and often within an hour to a few hours after resources arrive on scene.

• Examples include a vehicle fire, an injured person, or a police traffic stop.