Integrating Position-Specific Incident Management Team Training into the Cedar Falls Fire Rescue Training Program [open pdf - 893KB]
"The problem that brought forward this applied research project was: Cedar Falls Fire Rescue, Iowa, does not offer position-specific Incident Management Team (IMT) training. The purpose of this research was to improve by integrating position-specific incident management team training for the command and general staff function areas. Through descriptive research four questions were researched: 1) What criteria are other communities of similar size utilizing IMT position-specific training? 2) What are the IMT position-specific training components that could be added to a department's training program? 3) What was the associated cost and benefit of this type of training? 4) Should there be a continuing-education component for the maintenance of the skills learned with this type of training? Research procedures utilized an extensive search of the Internet for published articles relating to this subject. Use of the Learning Resource Center at the National Fire Academy and their online data base also proved to be beneficial in finding quality information. In addition, a questionnaire was sent to fire officials in seventy-five similar-sized communities. The result of the research showed a need to integrate this type of training and continuing-education component into the Cedar Falls Fire Rescue's training program. It was also determined that there are alternate-funding options to offset the cost of this type of training. Recommendations derived from the research results showed that department administration could build a quality IMT with depth and ability to maintain an effective disaster response."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/