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Wildfire: How does the Incident Management Team system work?
With the number of wildfires burning across the Western United States in recent weeks, the use of the Incident Command System was an absolute necessity to keep individual incidents organized and order the right kind of resources necessary to manage and mitigate the fires. The use of formal, qualified Incident Management Teams became apparent to provide a high level of leadership in fighting these massive wildfires.
The US Forest Service through its Region 5 (Pacific Southwest Region), which manages 20 million acres of National Forest land in California and assists the State and Private forest landowners in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, including eighteen national forests) has put together a photo-based, captioned slide show to describe what these national Incident Management Teams are, and how and why they are utilized to maintain a high level of dedicated and qualified management on incidents such as we are seeing in the current Western US wildfires.
Click the slide show here or on the image above to watch the slideshow (27 images).
Click on first image at this link and then click next (arrow, right side of image) for sequential slide show.
(Note: This is a Facebook based photo album – you must be a Facebook member to access it.)
- From-The-Field/9-1-1magazine.com (via USFS, 8/17/15)