"The problem is that Tampa Fire Rescue (TFR) does not operate an all hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) for incidents of local significance. The purpose of the research was to identify requirements for the City of Tampa and methods utilized by other organizations when responding to incidents requiring an expanded management structure. An action research methodology was utilized to answer the following research questions: 1) How prevalent are Incident Management Teams with other public safety organizations? 2) What are the advantages of establishing an Incident Management Team? 3) How would Incident Management Teams be utilized by Tampa Fire Rescue? 4) What efficiencies can be leveraged with regards to interaction within the city emergency operations center? and 5) Would any external city stakeholders benefit from the establishment of such a team? The research, literature review and survey identified how other governmental public safety providers and the private sector contends with management command and control deployment when operational necessities requires incident management expansion to ensure efficiency and continuity of operations."
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