All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association


            

Schedule

Time Track Event Speaker
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) Andrew White
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Lessons Identified, Not Learned...How Do We Learn? (8-hours) Randal Collins
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   HazMat Awareness (8-hours)John Cole
       
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) Andrew White
       
8:30am - 4:00pm  

Cognitive Bias: Understanding Biases that Impact How You Manage and Lead (8-hours)

changed from How Would You Do It?

Randal Collins
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   G191 (8-hours) ICS/EOC Interface Jeff Kolts/Jim Spratlen
   
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
       
8:00am - 12:00pm USAR Facility Tour
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) Andrew White
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Veterans Crosswalk Workshop (8-hours) Randal Collins/Brice Bartlette
       
8:30am - 2:00pm   Active Shooter (5 hours) Jim Spratlen
       
8:30am - 12:30pm   Incident Action Plan development using NIMS IAP Application in Google Sheets (4-hours) Jim Irving, Jeff Davidson, Gabe Garcia
       
10:00am - 12:00pm   AHIMTA Board Meeting  
       
12:00pm - 4:00pm   Disaster Management Institute Tour
       
12:00pm - 4:00pm   Coors Brewery Safety Tour
   
1:00pm - 5:00pm   Expansion of a SOFR's Knowledge Base: To Enhance Their Performance In a All-Hazards World. (4-hours) Butch Hoffman & John Morrissey
       
1:00pm   IQS Committee Meeting  
       
5:00pm-7:00pm   WELCOME RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS                            
   
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022   FULL DAY CONFERENCE  
       
7:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
7:30 am - 8:00 am   Breakfast   
       
8:00am - 10:30am   OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Plenary  
    Colorado Governor's Office & National Partner Updates
  • FEMA Assistant Administrator of National Preparedness Directorate - Alex Amparo
  • US Fire Administration - Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police - Dwight Heninger
  • IQS Committee - Bill Easterling/George Maier
  • USFA AHIMT Program Update - Jeff Soule’
  • National Integration Center Update - John Ford
 
   
10:30am-11:00am   Transition  
       
11:00am - 12:00pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Planning & Ops The Expanding Role of the All-Hazards SOFR Butch Hoffman & John Morrissey
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Committees Law Enforcement Committee Discussion Eugene Smith & Panel
       
12:00pm - 1:30pm   LUNCH AND EXHIBITOR EXPO  
12:00pm - 1:15pm   National Partner Updates
  • National Wildfire Coordination Group Update - Deb Fleming, Steve Griffin, & Katie Wood 
  • Incident Workforce Development Group Update - Colleen Gadd
  • Veteran’s Committee Update - Brice Bartlette
  • Law Enforcement Committee Update - Eugene Smith
  • FEMA Supplemental Response Team Update - Edwin Menzenwerth
  • EMI Update - Robert Patrick

 
       
1:30pm - 2:30pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Specialty FDNY IMT's lessons learned from its 156 day Covid 19 mission Rich DePrima
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World?   George Stapleton
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment  Anthony Pasquin
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Planning & Ops Defining the Incident Management Operating Environment Gabriel Lavine
       
3:00pm - 4:00pm   GENERAL SESSION: Behavioral Health Awareness and Building Resiliency for First Responders Molly Jones
       
4:15pm - 5:15pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
4:15pm - 5:15pm Track - Specialty NIMS ICS Core and Position Specific Training Program Update Robert Patrick
4:15pm - 5:15pm Track - Leadership & Organization Organized Chaos: Making sense of emergency data. Gabriel Lavine
   
5:30-6:30pm   Vendor Product Theater  
   
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022   FULL DAY CONFERENCE  
       
7:30 am - 8:00 am   Breakfast   
       
8:00am - 9:15am   GENERAL SESSION: Cybersecurity - Understanding the threat, challenges, and roles within ICS Dusty Rhoads
9:15am - 9:45am   State of the Association Randy Collins
       
10:00am - 12:00pm   NIC Emerging Technologies Workshop Hank Rowland
       
10:00am - 11:00am   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Specialty NIMS ICS Core and Position Specific Training Program Update Robert Patrick
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Specialty Tapped Out: How to Supplement Your Team During Sustained Response Leigh Cowan
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Technology Managing Information Technology (IT) for the IMT:  A primer for the ITSL position Wes Rogers & Panel
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Leadership & Organization Leadership, Supervision, and Management of Blended AHIMTs Daryl Louder
       
11:15am - 12:15pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Specialty Tapped Out: How to Supplement Your Team During Sustained Response Leigh Cowan
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Specialty Landfill Search: Finding Nevah Adams George Stapleton
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Technology FEMA Incident Management Assistance Team Overview
Jeremy Utter & Dana Reynolds
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Leadership & Organization Team Culture for AHIMT Traci Rankin & Nick Mrzlak
11:15am - 12:15pmTrack - Leadership & Organization/TechnologyInformation and Communications Technology for the Incident Commander Dan Wills
       
12:15pm - 1:15pm   LUNCH AND EXHIBITOR EXPO  
       
1:30pm - 2:30pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Specialty Complying with NQS Through model Qualifications Guide Geoff Wilford & Kevin Lauer
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Box on The Top David Popoff
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World?   George Stapleton
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Planning & Ops Understanding GIS Technology as an Ops Chief Chad Beam
       
3:00pm - 3:30pm   AHIMTA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING  
       
3:30pm - 4:30pm   AHIMTA ICS SECTION WORKING GROUPS  
       
5:00pm-7:00pm   Casino Night (Networking & Reception)  
       
   
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2022   LAST DAY - CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am - 8:30am   Breakfast   
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   ITSL (final day of Pre-Con Session - must have registered for 4-Day Training) Andrew White
       
8:30am - 9:30am   CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Keynote
       
9:45am - 10:45am   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Leadership & Organization Team Culture for AHIMT Traci Rankin & Nick Mrzlak
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Leadership & Organization The IMTs Role in Recovery Daryl Louder
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Technology Information Technology: Bringing the ITSL to the team. Keena Campbell
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Planning & Ops Team Rubicon - Using VOADs in your Jurisdiction for Operational Needs Greg Ramoni
       
11:00am - 12:00pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Specialty Training and Deployment of an IMT for Agricultural Emergencies in Minnesota Lucia Hunt
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Specialty Complying with NQS Through model Qualifications Guide Geoff Wilford & Kevin Lauer
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment Anthony Pasquin
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Planning & Ops Closing the Gap in Tactics Zane Steves
       
12:00am - 3:00pm   AHIMTA Board Meeting  

*Schedule subject to change

Session Descriptions

Active Shooter Training

Active killer incidents are a growing epidemic in this country. This includes workplace violence. If you aren’t providing proper training, tools and resources, you are leaving your employees vulnerable.
AarowPrep’s subject matter experts have substantial experience preparing and responding to all hazards including mass casualty incidents.


Behavioral Health Awareness and Building Resiliency for First Responders

This training will highlight the most common behavioral health concerns for first responders, including chronic stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and suicide. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the impact of these behavioral health issues and how certain aspects of the first responder profession are protective and risk factors for developing certain behavioral health conditions. This presentation will include strategies for improving mental well-being, best practices for developing resiliency, and highlight available treatment options to address the needs of members. 


Closing the Gap in Tactics

The session will go over a Theory that was developed by Zane Steves called Steves' Law of Complexity, Resources, and Time. This will help incident management personnel understand how complexity builds and contracts. It is tied to a resource to provide a more streamlined incident complexity analysis, ICS-215, and ICS-215A. This resource helps bridge the gap in Tactics where logistical shortfalls occur by better quantifying the resources needed to wrap around effective execution of tactics.


Cognitive Bias: Understanding Biases that Impact How You Manage and Lead (changed from How Would You Do It?)

A cognitive bias is a systematic pattern of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment. Individuals create their own "subjective reality" from their perception of the input. An individual's construction of reality, not the objective input, may dictate their behavior in the world. Thus, cognitive biases may sometimes lead to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, illogical interpretation, or what is broadly called irrationality. 

In this workshop, participants will study some common cognitive biases and heuristics. By learning these, you are better able to avoid your own disguised irrational thinking. You will also be able to recognize such irrationality when your staff and others try to use such irrational thinking to influence you.


Complying with the NQS Qualifications Process by Using the Model Qualifications Guide

Beginning in 2022, FEMA intends to leverage the Emergency Management Performance Grant program to make the implementation of the National Qualification System (NQS) a requirement of eligibility for program funding. Jurisdictions will need to achieve or work toward achieving each of the objectives. Using the guidelines of FEMA NQS and the AHIMTA Interstate Incident Management Qualifications System (IIMQS), the Model Qualifications Guide (MQG) has been developed to be used as a template that jurisdictions can use to comply with qualifications requirements. This breakout will discuss the NQS, IIMQS, and a step-by-step guide on how the Model Qualifications Guide can provide your entity a straightforward method to manage its qualifications process.


Cybersecurity - Understanding the threat, challenges, and roles within ICS

This session will provide an overview of cybersecurity at the incident management level, both from the standpoint of the internal protection and resilience of the IMT and the potential use of an IMT in a cyber response. Cyber vulnerabilities to an IMT are real and ever present. An IMT must understand the threat in order to prevent or survive an attack. How is your team prepared? Cyber Tools for the IMT. In addition, is the IMT the right structure to manage a large cyber attack? Exploring the operational side of cyber.


Defining the Incident Management Operating Environment

Defining the incident management operating  environment will present observations intended to be used as general guiding principles or doctrinal theories to assist incident management practitioners in defining the challenges they face.  This is not a new creation but rather the application of an existing body of knowledge to a new discipline; all in the hopes of enhancing the service provided by dedicated professionals.  Three topics will be addressed. The first is defining the operating environment followed by outlining operational truths and lastly we will review some management imperatives.


Disaster Management Institute Tour

The Disaster Management Institute is a one of a kind training facility in the US. In addition to a full EOC the DMI is home to the first reality based training facilities for first responders. Participants will see the intricate ins and outs and spaces used to of deliver hyper realistic based training to groups ranging from elite military teams (both active duty and guard bureau) to first responders with emphasis on SWAT, Bomb, and HazMat teams as well as federal agency specialized teams. The facility also has a 300 room training building which is home to many (simulated) terrorists, a dooms day prepper, hoarder, nefarious labs and so much more.

Examples of deliverables are:
Rope, confined space and structural collapse rescue
WMD CBRN (Chemical, biological, Radiological, Nuclear) agent threat response
Bombings and natural disaster response
Active shooter training, drills and full-scale exercises
Field and combat operations
Emergency medical care in all environments.
Continuity of Operations
THIRA
EOC Operations and more

All participants will be required to sign a liability/photography waiver or we can have them available upon arrival.
Each participant should expect to wear a mask
Each participant should dress warm as we will be a large building that is very cold for a portion of the tour.
It is also a good idea to have comfortable walking shoes as we will be covering some ground.


Expansion of a SOFR's Knowledge Base:  To Enhance Their Performance in an All-Hazards World.

This 4-hour pre-conference presentation will focus on expanding a SOFR's knowledge base so they can have a better vision in understanding incident hazards. There will be an emphasis on Environmental Health especially into potential infectious diseases. Simulated incident accident scenarios will be provided for the attendees to perform an investigation and produce an accident report. Multiple material references will be introduced for a SOFR to use as safety resources in augmenting their safety knowledge to ultimately assist them to unique situations. Lastly, will review the SOFR's working relationships to internal and external stakeholders. 


FDNY IMT's lessons learned from its 156 day Covid 19 mission

The FDNY IMT was activated on December 8th, 2020 to assist FDNY Bureau of Health Services with its mission of vaccinating approximately 16,000 FDNY uniformed members. The length of our assignment was unknown which began our teams internal challenges with staffing, internal team rotation, transition plans, virtual check-in and meetings, and more . We will share our lessons learned from beginning to end.


G191 ICS/EOC Interface

The goal of this professional development course, G-191 Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface, is to enable the students to develop an effective interface between the Incident Command/Unified Command and the Emergency Operations Center by applying National Incident Management System principles.


Hazardous Materials Awareness

Learning course provides students from all backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in essential, awareness-level hazardous materials competencies as defined by NFPA® 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications and NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. The course provides training to proficiency in identifying hazardous, utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook to identify hazardous materials risks and protective actions, utilizing hazard communication documents to identify hazardous materials risks protective actions, and determining awareness-level personal and public protective actions.


How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World? 

This presentation will showcase why and how South Carolina State Fire developed and implemented the Palmetto IST concept.  We'll highlight the differences and similarities between an IST and IMT; and how IMTs can utilize an IST or vice versa?  Our journey will explain how the team was managed, our overarching goals and objectives, and how we have demonstrated the functionality and interoperability in the US&R and IMT world.  In conclusion, we will emphasis the importance of developing important partnerships and relationships at the local, state and federal level.


How Would You Do It? CHANGED TO Cognitive Bias: Understanding Biases that Impact How You Manage and Lead


IMAT Technology

coming soon


Incident Action Plan development using NIMS IAP Application in Google Sheets - Workshop

The NIMS IAP Application is a free application for the rapid development of NIMS compliant IAPs.

This workshop will walk participants through the process of creating an IAP through hands-on experience. Participants will work in groups to create an IAP based upon a defined scenario. While the NIMS IAP application will work on tablets or phones, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer.

 

Information and Communications Technology for the Incident Commander

For an IMT to efficiently meet its objectives, a reliable and secure approach to information & communications technology is essential. Significant work has been done in recent years to bridge the technological gaps that are widening in the delivery of Informational and Communications Technology (ICT) within the Incident Command System (ICS). Nowhere in the current education of the IC is any discussion of the resources that are necessary to meet the complex needs of today's incident environment. This session is designed to apprise the Incident Commander (IC) of the current and evolving state of ICT in the All-Hazard environment.


Information Technology: Bringing the ITSL to the team.

During deployments many of our teams rely others for Information Technology.  The most successful teams bring ITSL along. As our deployments change the need for personnel that have information technology backgrounds is becoming more critical to incident success. 


ITSL (Pre-Conference 4-day session)

The requirement to access broadband data during incidents or events has increased exponentially in recent years. This has spurred the need for personnel with highly specialized knowledge and expertise to be included in the ICS during planned events and incidents. In 2018 and 2019, CISA introduced the ITSL course, and SAFECOM and NCSWIC have coordinated with FEMA NIC and other organizations focused on public safety communications to establish the best way to integrate the ITSL into the ICS.12 The ITSL is needed to provide information management, cybersecurity, and application management for the many critical incident/event related functions, to include: Incident/Unified Command Post, Incident Communications Centers, and various tactical operations centers, joint information center (JIC), staging areas, and field locations. However, the coordinated sharing of this data across agencies and jurisdictions is significantly less mature than radio communication and poses a significant interoperability challenge.

To meet this need, CISA has developed the ITSL course. The ITSL course targets Federal, state/territory, tribal, urban, local, and emergency response professionals, and supports personnel in all disciplines with a communications background and an aptitude for and extensive experience in information technology. The training course provides an overview of the ITSL components including the Unified Help Desk (inclusive of both communications and IT support), IT Infrastructure Manager, Network Manager, and specialist roles. It provides an in-depth overview of their responsibilities and includes exercises for the ITSL’s major functions to ensure reliable and timely delivery of IT services to participating agencies and officials.

There must be a minimum of 10 or a maximum 20 qualified students two weeks in advance of the course in order for CISA to conduct the course.

Prerequisites for Attendance

• Personal experience:
o A public safety background with experience in field operations and/or experience providing information technology solutions to support public safety operations

Awareness of fundamental public safety broadband and wireless communications technology

• Must have completed the following on-line courses from the FEMA EMI website: o IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

• Completion of the following in-person classroom instruction: o ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

• Additional recommended training: o ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents, is recommended but not required


L969 : Communication Unit Leader Class (3-Day)

This position-specific course helps participants establish the essential core competencies required for performing the duties of the Communications Unit Leader (COML) in an all-hazards incident. This course addresses all responsibilities appropriate to a COML operating in a local-or state-level All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). These responsibilities include the collection, processing, and dissemination as needed to facilitate Operations of Command, General Staff, and Unit Leaders within the confines of a Type 3 AHIMT. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite to certification as COML at the state level.

This course is an instructor-led training that supports learning through discussion, lecture, and active participation in multiple exercises that provides a realistic, scenario-driven approach to mastering the skills required of a COML. Additional information, including course prerequisites, can be found at: https://www.emsics.com/training/ics/fema/l969-communications-unit-leader/.


Landfill Search: Finding Nevaeh Adams

The South Carolina Palmetto Incident Support Team (IST) was requested to assist a South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization deployment in the search for a missing child in a county landfill.  The initial request was for thirty firefighters a day to serve as the search team.  The search was intensely orchestrated utilizing data and information gathered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The remains of the missing child were located on the 30th and last day of the planned operation.   This provided the evidence needed to assist the solicitor in filing murder charges against a suspect.  We want to share the story of an unprecedented search in South Carolina and the obstacles encountered throughout the process.   


Leadership, Supervision, and Management of Blended AHIMTs

It is increasingly common for AHIMTs to be deployed as "blended teams." This occurs when members from different teams are integrated together to form an IMT at the time of the deployment. Blended teams may be utilized by design or out of necessity.

Regardless of the reason for deploying a blended team, these IMTs can present unique leadership, supervision, and management challenges (and opportunities) for the incident commander.

This session will utilize interactive discussion and case studies to identify the challenges the team leadership may encounter. Additionally, the group will discuss solutions to minimize the impact and maximize team performance.


Lessons Identified, Not Learned...How Do We Learn?

In this session, participants will evaluate several historical after-action reports and identify lessons that still have not been addressed on a national scale. Those lessons are appropriately named lessons identified versus lessons learned. The workshop will then ask participants to identify how such lessons may be addressed using the Knowledge, Motivation, and Organizational Barriers model and then a theoretical improvement plan will be developed to identify tasks and actions that can be taken to turn the identified lessons to learned lessons.


Managing Information Technology (IT) for the IMT:  A primer for the ITSL position

The complexity of incident communications has been growing rapidly for many years. The COML position is often stretched too thin to manage IT technology in addition to the increased complexity of voice communications.  The demand for secure, resilient IT products on an incident is accelerating. The Information Technology Service Unit Leader (ITSL) position was created to meet this need in ICS in parallel to the COML.  This session will provide a panel discussion of the just what this position is and what it can provide to an IMT.


NIC Emerging Technologies Workshop

coming soon


Organized Chaos: Making sense of emergency data.

"Organized Chaos" will examine how AHIMTs can utilize the intelligence and information management cycle to organize essential elements of information (EEIs).  Through use of a case study in the application of GIS tools this session will explore a way to highlight critical data resulting in more timely and relevant decision making by incident management staff.


Tapped Out: How to Supplement Your Team During Sustained Response

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged Emergency Managers across the globe for nearly a year and a half. IMTs were called upon to assist throughout the country but what happens when even your IMT resources are exhausted? Join us to discuss innovative solutions and lessons learned that were implemented during the pandemic that you can utilize during future disasters.


Team Culture for AHIMT

Working in a process-driven professional team, we often miss the mark when defining the Team Cultural Principles.  Having deliberate conversations and setting expectations on how team members communicate and treat each other is vital. Often teams exercise the technical aspect of the job without dedicating time to talk about the soft skills required to make teams more successful.


Team Rubicon - Using VOADs in your Jurisdiction for Operational Needs

Team Rubicon is a non-profit, veteran-focused, disaster response organization that specializes in response to low-attention disasters in High Vulnerability communities. Communities lacking the resources of the All-Hazards Team.

We have a history of working towards disaster stabilization and starting of recovery while employing ICS for coordination and control and have found the need across the nation for ICS-trained persons to serve in EOC roles.

Team Rubicon is building an All-Hazards Team and a process by which volunteers can be ICS trained and work on Position Specific Task Books while serving in Command and General Staff Roles during Team Rubicon Operations. This provides resources not just for Team Rubicon, but a pool of trained and qualified individuals who can return to their local jurisdiction and serve.

Team Rubicon has adopted the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association's guidance as our doctrine to ensure our training and execution is in line with the national standards.


The Box on The Top

The Box on the TOP: So you're the box on the top, now what? Serious look at ICS Leadership - Surrounding yourself with good and smart people and let them do their jobs. Leaders help themselves and others to navigate the rough seas of response and recovery. Charting the right heading to successful response to the big seven in today's all hazard environment.


The Expanding Role of the All-Hazards SOFR

This session will focus on elevating a SOFR's knowledge base in keeping team members safe & healthy. The COVID pandemic tested us all, so a concentrated emphasis on Environmental Health especially on infectious diseases with implementation of safety guidance will be highlighted. Other unique safety situations will be reviewed so SOFRs can be alert, sustain their skills and provide proactive mitigation measures. Discussion on accident investigations, SOFR resources & SOFR Kit content will be considered. Who are the potential stakeholders an SOFR will interact with on an all-hazard incident?


The IMTs Role in Recovery

IMTs may be deployed to a community because the complex incident/disaster has exceeded their capacity and/or capabilities.

IMTs are deployed during the response phase and in many instances transition into the initial recovery phase. The teams must be prepared to support the initial phases of recovery.

During recovery, priorities shift from life safety to life sustainment. Life sustainment, e.g. shelters and PODs are just as important and essential as the life safety mission. Initial debris removal, damage assessment, and infrastructure repairs can help to stabilize the community.

Community Lifelines, plans, VOAD/NGO, emergency declarations, FEMA reimbursement, and other recovery topics will be addressed.


The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment

In this session we will cover the roles of the Liaison Officer in the All-Hazards environment, the difference between the Liaison and the Public Information Officer, and how the Liaison Officer can assist you in your mission. Additionally,  we will  discuss what you can expect from the Liaison and what the Liaison expects from other sections/functions.  We will also cover the administrative duties of the position.


Training and Deployment of an IMT for Agricultural Emergencies in Minnesota

The Minnesota Agriculture Incident Management Team is a multi-agency all hazards team. One of the biggest threats to agriculture are foreign animal disease outbreaks which are responses lead by state and federal governments. The Minnesota Ag IMT was called to service in response to the 2020 supply chain disruption in the pork industry. Packing plants were shuttered due to employee absenteeism and the production supply chain immediately collapsed, forcing producers to depopulate their healthy livestock. This presentation will demonstrate how the team successfully used their ICS training and skills for use in an agricultural setting.


Understanding GIS Technology as an Ops Chief

As an Operations Chief, we're always looking to enhance how we move resources. Understanding the importance of GIS Technology and what it can do has never been more important or available. Many US&R teams are producing real time data via GIS Technology, are you using it for its greatest potential? Base your operational decisions off of real time information and keep a true pulse of what's occurring in the field with the data being captured. Make informed decisions and provide true numbers in all of your meetings. Let the data drive the operation for a best case scenario.


Urban Search And Rescue Facility Tour

Colorado Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (CO-TF1) is one of 28 FEMA US&R Task Forces nationwide under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). CO-TF1’s primary mission is Urban Search & Rescue Operations for local, state, and national disasters. West Metro Fire Protection District is the Sponsoring Agency for CO-TF1 and has 23 Participating Agency Fire Departments that make up the 200 plus members of CO-TF1. We look forward to seeing you.


Veterans Crosswalk Workshop

AHIMTA is evaluating the Competencies, Behaviors, and Tasks of veterans to identify those same Competencies, Behaviors, and Tasks used in ICS. We will be looking at veterans as a whole and specific Military Occupational Specialties. The ultimate goal will be a completed job task review that can be developed into a cross walk to be presented for consideration for implementation into qualification systems. The cross walk should provide veterans with a path to quicker qualification for ICS positions.




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