The Association was incorporated on December 1, 2010, just before the 2010 AHIMT Conference by members of the Jefferson County Colorado IMT. But there's lots more to the story...
In 2008, a grass-roots effort to get the fledgling All-Hazard Type 3 IMT membership together was launched in Dekalb, Illinois. The efforts of many put on the first conference with approximately 140 IMT members gathering at Northern Illinois University.
Dr. Donahue assisted with the first study to help focus the national interests of the AHIMT community in a format that provided real data to the federal government as they wrestled with how to support the AHIMT program. The Dekalb report is available in the resources section of the website.
At the 2008 conference, the idea of creating an association was discussed, but didn't get the needed traction at that time. The 2009 AHIMT Conference showed the value people placed on getting together for networking and education by having over 440 attendees.
Between the 2009 and 2010 conferences, the association finally gained enough momentum to move from a great idea to reality. Thanks to the efforts of Bill Easterling, Tim McSherry and Mike Rubenstein, the incorporation documents were filed. The initial Board of Directors was appointed at the conference, one from each FEMA region and one at-large representative. The Board was introduced to the attendees and the association was off and running!