Incident Management Type 2 Team
In 2002, the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC) began the process of training an Incident Management Type 2 Team. An idea for a long time, the reasons that finally brought it to implementation were some large wildfire incidents experienced during several consecutive years of drought in Georgia and homeland security issues that brought statewide interest in the Incident Command System.
- What is an Incident Management (IM) Team?
An Incident Management Team is a group of professionals training and working together as a unit to manage an emergency or a large incident. Consistently working and training together over time the team develops into and operates as an effective and efficient unit to accomplish complex tasks coherently.
- What is an Incident Management Type 2 (IMT2) Team?
Under the Incident Command System an IM Type 2 Team is qualified to work large incidents in either a support role or a management role.
- Why have an IMT2 Team?
People, resources, and time are critical factors during and after a complex or large incident. An IMT2 Team provides skilled people and critical resources in a time efficient & cost effective manner.
- Who are the members of the GFC IMT2 Team?
The IMT2 Team consists of GFC personnel from all service areas of the agency - administrative, management, protection, etc. Depending on the position, certain qualifications and experience must be met before applying. There is a primary team roster and an alternate team roster as well as apprentice and trainee positions. All members join the team voluntarily and participate in on-going training.
When the team is working an incident an expanded dispatch center is activated at GFC headquarters in Macon. The professionals working the expanded dispatch search the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS) for available individuals and resources to fill orders placed by the IMT2 Team and provide a communication link between the team, GFC, and all available resources.
Other agency personnel may be called upon to support IMT objectives or to perform a particular task like transporting resources such as clothes, ice, water, equipment, etc.
- How many members are trained to be on the team?
The numbers are dynamic, but the minimum number to staff a Type 2 Team is 24 for a single shift and at least 48 to run 24 hours a day.
- Can the IMT2 Team provide support in all four areas - logistics, planning, operations, finance - under the Incident Command System?
Yes. There are GFC professionals trained in each of these categories.
- Can the Incident Management Team work out-of-state?
Yes. The team is trained using national protocols under the National Incident Management System. The number one priority of the Georgia Forestry Commission, though, is protecting and serving the state of Georgia. The team is sent in response to requests for out-of-state emergency incidents as long as and for as long as it is determined they are not critically needed in the State of Georgia.
- What incidents have the GFC IMT2 Team worked?
- Georgia 2007 wildfires, Sweat Farm Road, Big Turnaround Complex, and Florida Bugaboo (more than 530,000 acres)
- Texas wildfires, August 2006 (photos)
- Hurricanes Katrina & Rita, LA
- This is the first incident where the team started a Logistical Support Area and returned as a team to close it out.
- Hurricane Jeanne, FL
- Hurricane Ivan, FL
- Hurricane Frances, FL
- Hurricane Charley, FL
- Hurricane Bonnie, FL
- G-8 Summitt, GA; The IMT2 Team provided logistic support and operational management of fire safety for this event.
- Statesboro Complex, GA; Liberty, McIntosh, and Byran Counties had wildfires that consisted of approx 1000 acres.