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PA IMT Capabilities
 
When major emergencies or disasters occur and effect areas of the Commonwealth, The PA-IMT3 has the following Team response capabilities.
 
  1. Respond two (2) Rapid Assessment Units (RAU) to gain situational awareness, determine the need for an incident management team(s), advise the State Emergency Operations Center of any other previously non-identified shortfalls in resources or organization, and provide technical incident management assistance. A RAU consists of 2-4 team members filling various ICS positions in a 4-wheel drive vehicle capable of self-sustaining operation for 3 days.
  2. Respond two (2) All-Hazard Incident Management Teams - Advance (IMT-A) to assist the local, county, regional, and/or State incident commander with incident management operations. An All-Hazard (Type 3) IMT-A consists of 8 ICS positions staffed with 8/16 team members capable of 12/24 hour operations in two 4-wheel drive vehicles with command trailers. The IMT-A will be capable of self-sustaining operations for 3 days.
  3. Respond a combination of a RAU and an IMT-A to gain situational awareness, assist the local, county, regional, and/or State incident commander with incident management operations, determine the need for any additional incident management team(s), advise the State Emergency Operations Center of any other previously non-identified shortfalls in resources or organization, and provide technical incident management assistance for two (2) or more incidents at a time. This combination response will consist of a 2-4 member RAU in a 4-wheel drive vehicle; plus an IMT-A of 8 ICS positions staffed with 8/16 team members capable of 12/24 hour operations in two 4-wheel drive vehicles with command trailers. Both Team components will be capable of self-sustaining operations for 3 days.
  4. Respond an All-Hazard Incident Management Team (IMT) to assist the local, county, regional or State Incident Commander(s) with incident management operations for Type 1, 2, or 3 disasters, incidents, emergencies, and/or events. An All-Hazard IMT consists of 18 ICS positions staffed with 19/37 team members capable of 12/24 hour operations with five 4-wheel drive vehicles with command trailers. The IMT will be capable of self-sustaining operations for 3 days.
  5. Respond Technical Specialists to provide guidance and assistance to the local, county, regional or State emergency operations with technical support in operations, planning, logistics, and/or finance and administration. Operation Section Chiefs, Planning Section Chiefs, Resource Unit Leaders, Food Unit Leaders, and other position specific specialists are the typical technical specialists that will be deployed. Their mission is to bring expertise and experience in a specific area of incident management to the local, county, regional, or state incident management organization.

Potential Mission Assignments for PA-IMT3:

Incident/Event Management

  • Provide incident command technical assistance during major natural and man-made emergencies and disasters or planned events to Local Incident Command/Unified Command Systems, Regional Counter Terrorism Task Forces, PEMA Area operations, State agencies, and State Joint Field Office .for management operations
  • Provide incident management technical assistance to State agencies when Unified Command is required by the incident or event.
  • Establish and operate an Area Command(s) for State resources deployed during a major emergency or disaster.
  • Provide incident management operations for mass casualty operations, multiple county DEP/EPA response to multiple hazardous materials incidents, and multi-jurisdiction, multi-agency large scale exercises.
  • Provide personnel to incident management organizations at the Local, County, Region, Area, or State level to fill the following positions during incident and events; Branch Directors, Division/Group Supervisors, and Strike Team/Task Force Leaders.
  • Provide incident management support during national emergency or disaster to EMAC resources deployed out of state.
  • Provide incident management support during a state major emergency and disaster to Pennsylvania Intrastate Mutual Aid System resources deployed within the Commonwealth and State EOC operations and activations by providing Command staff, Section Chiefs, Branch Directors, Resource Unit Leaders, Situation Unit Leaders, Facilities Unit Leaders, Division/Group Supervisors, and Strike Team/Task Force Leaders.
  • Manage relocation operations for the State EOC when needed.
  • Provide a Rapid Assessment Team for situational awareness during incidents and events to the State EOC, other State agencies, and PEMA Area offices.
  • Provide Technical Specialists for other Local, County, Region, Area, and State Incident Management organizations in the following subject areas; Law Enforcement, Fire Operations, Rescue Operations, Hazardous Materials Operations, Safety Operations, and Emergency Medical Service Operations.
 
Multi-Agency Coordination Operations
 
  • Assist Counties with EOC/MAC operations by providing incident command technical assistance during major emergencies and disasters.
  • Establish and manage a State Multi-Agency Coordination System at the State level or in the field.

Catastrophic Logistics Response

  • Establish and manage a Logistical Staging Area(s) (LSA) for the Commonwealth in coordination with Federal Operating Staging Area(s) (FOSA).
  • Assist Counties with the establishment and management of County Staging Area(s) (CSA) for the purpose of supporting County POD operations.
  • Establish and manage Points of Distribution(s) (POD) in identified disaster areas.
  • Other Assignments of Assistance
  • Provide situational awareness and contingency planning for impending and ongoing statewide emergencies or disasters.