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In early 2004, Pennsylvania was approached by the US Fire Administration and asked to start the first statewide state sponsored All-Hazard Incident Management Team (IMT). Team members were recruited from nine different state agencies based on the emergency service background and experience. After meeting basic incident command requirements, the Team members participated in a seven day training to qualify them for deployment on major emergencies and disasters within Pennsylvania. This was the beginning of the all-hazard IMT known as the PA-IMT.

Team members have continued to prepare themselves for deployment by completing position specific training. Various team members have completed specific courses in each of the eight Command & General Staff positions plus some of the Unit Leader positions. Some team members have also completed field training opportunities at national disasters and special events. Team members that have completed their position specific training are now working on completing their Position Task Books in order to become “qualified” in their assigned position. PA IMT Logo (large) .jpg


The mission of the Pennsylvania All-Hazard Incident Management Team (PA-IMT) is to provide personnel who are trained as incident management specialists and organized to support emergency response and recovery efforts or planned special event operations within the Commonwealth. The PA-IMT will accomplish this by providing the framework necessary to establish an Incident Command or Unified Command System as required by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) at declared major emergencies, declared disasters, and planned special events.

The PA-IMT will accomplish these taskings by being;

  • Multi-Disciplined.
  • Rapidly Deployable.
  • Field Operation Sustainable.
  • Knowledgeable in NIMS Incident Command Systems, Emergency Management, and Disaster Field Operations.
  • Knowledgeable of the Commonwealth process for emergency management.
  • Knowledgeable in intelligence collection and analysis distribution.

For specific information on the PA-IMT, click on the links listed below.

DHS/FEMA All-Hazard IMT Technical Information

Incident Management Team Types

Incident Management Team Development

All-Hazard IMT Tiered Response

PA-IMT Capabilities

PA-IMT Requesting Process

NIMS ICS IMT All-Hazards Position Specific Training