The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's three Incident Management Teams (IMTs) provide comprehensive incident command to manage ongoing emergency operations. IMTs provide incident management expertise in logistics, finance, planning, public information, operations, safety, and community issues.
The teams respond with resources mobilized by the Governor for a conflagration or other emergency that has overwhelmed the control and resources of local emergency responders (ORS 476.510). IMTs enhance effective coordination among responding agencies during fires, floods, earthquakes, structural collapse, tsunamis, the spilling of hazardous materials, and other natural or human-caused incidents.
The IMT will develop a plan of action to aggressively and safely mitigate the incident to which it has been assigned, either through Unified Command or a single incident command structure.
Resources assigned to the incident will operate with the guidance of an Incident Action Plan (IAP) within an organized chain of command and formal safety plan. The IAP will address the objectives, strategies, and tactics as dictated by the risks and opportunities associated with the incident.
The IMT intends to commit resources to the incident only after resources have been briefed on the developing strategy and tactics, resource-specific objectives, weather, fuel types, and safety considerations. Within the second operational period, the IMT intends to develop a formal IAP for delivery via an Operational Period Briefing. The IMT expects that all personnel shall receive a briefing by their immediate supervisor prior to being deployed within the hazard area. This briefing shall detail resource assignments, assigned objectives, chain of command, and safety considerations.
The IMT may place firefighters at a greater level of risk to save lives, save property, or reduce environmental impact. The IMT will not place firefighters at risk if the incident does not have implications related to life safety, protection of property, or environmental impacts.
To meet the IMT intentions, a formal series of planning meetings and briefings will occur. The IMT expects all members critical to the development of the IAP to promptly attend those meetings to provide mission critical information.