Establishment of an Incident Management Team for the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services [open pdf - 98KB]
"The problem was that the Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services (FCDFRS) did not have an established Incident Management Team. The purpose of the research was to identify the advantages of having an Incident Management Team (IMT) for the FCDFRS. Descriptive methodology was used to guide the study in answering three research questions related to the advantages of an IMT. The following research questions were addressed: What are the criteria used by other fire departments to have an Incident Management Team? What is the national standard for establishing an Incident Management Team? What are the potential outcomes of not having an Incident Management Team? Literature stressed that the criteria necessity for fire departments having an IMT is an efficient, effective and proactive preparedness for operations that will extend past the standard operational period of a fire department and the questionnaire results, along with the interviews confirmed this. The national standard that is recommended is National Incident Management System (NIMS). It is recommended that the FCDFRS train career staff, budget money and consider developing a local IMT that includes representatives from public health, emergency preparedness, public works, state highway department, Maryland State Police, sheriff department and city police. The advantages of having a local IMT includes, however it is not limited to, the following: utilization of NIMS forms, utilization of NIMS terms, effective cost recovery, properly trained staff for the roles needed, and a good working relationship with all agencies involved."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/