All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association


            

Schedule

Time Track Event Speaker
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) TBD
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Lessons Identified, Not Learned...How Do We Learn? (8-hours) Randal Collins
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   HazMat Awareness (8-hours)John Cole
       
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) TBD
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   How Would You Do It? (8-hours) Randal Collins
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   G191 (8-hours) ICS/EOC Interface Jeff Kolts/Jim Spratlen
   
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2022   PRE-CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   PRE-CONFERENCE Sessions  
       
8:00am - 12:00pm USAR Facility Tour
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   L969 (3-Days) Communication Unit Leader Class Mark Hall & Emit Hurdelbrink
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Information Technology Service Unit Leader Course (4-day) TBD
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   Veterans Crosswalk Workshop (8-hours) Randal Collins/Brice Bartlette
       
8:30am - 2:00pm   Active Shooter (5 hours) Jim Spratlen
       
8:30am - 12:30pm   Incident Action Plan development using NIMS IAP Application in Google Sheets (4-hours) Jim Irving, Jeff Davidson, Gabe Garcia
       
10:00am - 12:00pm   AHIMTA Board Meeting  
       
12:00pm - 4:00pm   Disaster Management Institute Tour
       
12:00pm - 4:00pm   Coors Brewery Safety Tour
   
1:00pm - 5:00pm   Expansion of a SOFR's Knowledge Base: To Enhance Their Performance In a All-Hazards World. (4-hours) Butch Hoffman & John Morrissey
       
1:00pm   IQS Committee Meeting  
       
5:00pm-7:00pm   WELCOME RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS                            
   
TUESDAY, MARCH 1, 2022   FULL DAY CONFERENCE  
       
7:00am   REGISTRATION  
       
7:30 am - 8:00 am   Breakfast   
       
8:00am - 10:30am   OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Plenary  
    Colorado Governor's Office & National Partner Updates
  • FEMA Acting Deputy Administrator for Resilience - Alex Amparo
  • US Fire Administration - Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell
  • International Association of Chiefs of Police - Dwight Heninger
  • IQS Committee - Bill Easterling/George Maier
  • USFA AHIMT Program Update - Jeff Soule’
  • National Integration Center Update - John Ford
 
   
10:30am-11:00am   Transition  
       
11:00am - 12:00pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Planning & Ops The Expanding Role of the All-Hazards SOFR Butch Hoffman & John Morrissey
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Committees Law Enforcement Committee Discussion Eugene Smith & Panel
       
12:00pm - 1:30pm   LUNCH AND EXHIBITOR EXPO  
12:00pm - 1:15pm   National Partner Updates
  • National Wildfire Coordination Group Update - Deb Fleming, Steve Griffin, & Katie Wood 
  • Incident Workforce Development Group Update - Colleen Gadd
  • Veteran’s Committee Update - Brice Bartlette
  • Law Enforcement Committee Update - Eugene Smith
  • FEMA Supplemental Response Team Update - Edwin Menzenwerth
  • EMI Update - Robert Patrick

 
       
1:30pm - 2:30pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Specialty FDNY IMT's lessons learned from its 156 day Covid 19 mission Rich DePrima
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Technology Information and Communications Technology for the Incident Commander Dan Wills
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World?   Doug Spinks & George Stapleton
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment  Rich Sweeney
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Planning & Ops Defining the Incident Management Operating Environment Gabriel Lavine
       
3:00pm - 4:00pm   GENERAL SESSION: Behavioral Health Awareness and Building Resiliency for First Responders Molly Jones
       
4:15pm - 5:15pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
4:15pm - 5:15pm Track - Specialty NIMS ICS Core and Position Specific Training Program Update Robert Patrick
4:15pm - 5:15pm Track - Leadership & Organization Organized Chaos: Making sense of emergency data. Gabriel Lavine
   
5:30-6:30pm   Vendor Product Theater  
   
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2, 2022   FULL DAY CONFERENCE  
       
7:30 am - 8:00 am   Breakfast   
       
8:00am - 9:15am   GENERAL SESSION: Cybersecurity - Understanding the threat, challenges, and roles within ICS Dan Wills
9:15am - 9:45am   State of the Association Randy Collins
       
10:00am - 12:00pm   NIC Emerging Technologies Workshop Hank Rowland
       
10:00am - 11:00am   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Specialty NIMS ICS Core and Position Specific Training Program Update Robert Patrick
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Specialty Tapped Out: How to Supplement Your Team During Sustained Response Leigh Cowan
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Technology Managing Information Technology (IT) for the IMT:  A primer for the ITSL position Dan Wills
10:00am - 11:00am Track - Leadership & Organization Leadership, Supervision, and Management of Blended AHIMTs Daryl Louder
       
11:15am - 12:15pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Specialty Tapped Out: How to Supplement Your Team During Sustained Response Leigh Cowan
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Specialty Landfill Search: Finding Nevah Adams George Stapleton
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Technology IMAT Technology Jeremy Utter
11:15am - 12:15pm Track - Leadership & Organization Team Culture for AHIMT Traci Rankin
       
12:15pm - 1:15pm   LUNCH AND EXHIBITOR EXPO  
       
1:30pm - 2:30pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Specialty Complying with NQS Through model Qualifications Guide Geoff Wilford
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Box on The Top David Popoff
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Leadership & Organization How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World?   Doug Spinks & George Stapleton
1:30pm - 2:30pm Track - Planning & Ops Understanding GIS Technology as an Ops Chief Chad Beam
       
3:00pm - 3:30pm   AHIMTA ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING  
       
3:30pm - 4:30pm   AHIMTA ICS SECTION WORKING GROUPS  
       
5:00pm-7:00pm   Casino Night (Networking & Reception)  
       
   
THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2022   LAST DAY - CONFERENCE  
       
8:00am - 8:30am   Breakfast   
       
8:30am - 4:00pm   ITSL (final day of Pre-Con Session - must have registered for 4-Day Training) TBD
       
8:30am - 9:30am   CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Keynote
       
9:45am - 10:45am   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Leadership & Organization Team Culture for AHIMT Traci Rankin
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Leadership & Organization The IMTs Role in Recovery Daryl Louder
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Technology Information Technology: Bringing the ITSL to the team. Keena Campbell
9:45am - 10:45am Track - Planning & Ops Team Rubicon - Using VOADs in your Jurisdiction for Operational Needs Brian McAchran
       
11:00am - 12:00pm   BREAKOUT SESSIONS  
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Specialty Training and Deployment of an IMT for Agricultural Emergencies in Minnesota Lucia Hunt
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Specialty Complying with NQS Through model Qualifications Guide Geoff Wilford
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Leadership & Organization The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment  Rich Sweeney
11:00am - 12:00pm Track - Planning & Ops Closing the Gap in Tactics Zane Steves
       
12:00am - 3:00pm   AHIMTA Board Meeting  

*Schedule subject to change

Session Descriptions

Active Shooter Training

Active killer incidents are a growing epidemic in this country. This includes workplace violence. If you aren’t providing proper training, tools and resources, you are leaving your employees vulnerable.
AarowPrep’s subject matter experts have substantial experience preparing and responding to all hazards including mass casualty incidents.


Complying with the NQS Qualifications Process by Using the Model Qualifications Guide

Beginning in 2022, FEMA intends to leverage the Emergency Management Performance Grant program to make the implementation of the National Qualification System (NQS) a requirement of eligibility for program funding. Jurisdictions will need to achieve or work toward achieving each of the objectives. Using the guidelines of FEMA NQS and the AHIMTA Interstate Incident Management Qualifications System (IIMQS), the Model Qualifications Guide (MQG) has been developed to be used as a template that jurisdictions can use to comply with qualifications requirements. This breakout will discuss the NQS, IIMQS, and a step-by-step guide on how the Model Qualifications Guide can provide your entity a straightforward method to manage its qualifications process.


Defining the Incident Management Operating Environment

Defining the incident management operating  environment will present observations intended to be used as general guiding principles or doctrinal theories to assist incident management practitioners in defining the challenges they face.  This is not a new creation but rather the application of an existing body of knowledge to a new discipline; all in the hopes of enhancing the service provided by dedicated professionals.  Three topics will be addressed. The first is defining the operating environment followed by outlining operational truths and lastly we will review some management imperatives.


Expansion of a SOFR's Knowledge Base:  To Enhance Their Performance in an All-Hazards World.

This 4-hour pre-conference presentation will focus on expanding a SOFR's knowledge base so they can have a better vision in understanding incident hazards. There will be an emphasis on Environmental Health especially into potential infectious diseases. Simulated incident accident scenarios will be provided for the attendees to perform an investigation and produce an accident report. Multiple material references will be introduced for a SOFR to use as safety resources in augmenting their safety knowledge to ultimately assist them to unique situations. Lastly, will review the SOFR's working relationships to internal and external stakeholders. 


G191 ICS/EOC Interface

The goal of this professional development course, G-191 Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface, is to enable the students to develop an effective interface between the Incident Command/Unified Command and the Emergency Operations Center by applying National Incident Management System principles.


Hazardous Materials Awareness

Learning course provides students from all backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in essential, awareness-level hazardous materials competencies as defined by NFPA® 1072: Standard for Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Emergency Response Personnel Professional Qualifications and NFPA 472: Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. The course provides training to proficiency in identifying hazardous, utilizing the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Emergency Response Guidebook to identify hazardous materials risks and protective actions, utilizing hazard communication documents to identify hazardous materials risks protective actions, and determining awareness-level personal and public protective actions.


How do Incident Support Teams (IST) fit into an All-hazards Incident Management Team (IMT) World? 

This presentation will showcase why and how South Carolina State Fire developed and implemented the Palmetto IST concept.  We'll highlight the differences and similarities between an IST and IMT; and how IMTs can utilize an IST or vice versa?  Our journey will explain how the team was managed, our overarching goals and objectives, and how we have demonstrated the functionality and interoperability in the US&R and IMT world.  In conclusion, we will emphasis the importance of developing important partnerships and relationships at the local, state and federal level.


IMAT Technology

coming soon


Incident Action Plan development using NIMS IAP Application in Google Sheets - Workshop

The NIMS IAP Application is a free application for the rapid development of NIMS compliant IAPs.

This workshop will walk participants through the process of creating an IAP through hands-on experience. Participants will work in groups to create an IAP based upon a defined scenario. While the NIMS IAP application will work on tablets or phones, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a laptop computer.

 

Information Technology: Bringing the ITSL to the team.

During deployments many of our teams rely others for Information Technology.  The most successful teams bring ITSL along. As our deployments change the need for personnel that have information technology backgrounds is becoming more critical to incident success. 


ITSL (Pre-Conference 4-day session)

The requirement to access broadband data during incidents or events has increased exponentially in recent years. This has spurred the need for personnel with highly specialized knowledge and expertise to be included in the ICS during planned events and incidents. In 2018 and 2019, CISA introduced the ITSL course, and SAFECOM and NCSWIC have coordinated with FEMA NIC and other organizations focused on public safety communications to establish the best way to integrate the ITSL into the ICS.12 The ITSL is needed to provide information management, cybersecurity, and application management for the many critical incident/event related functions, to include: Incident/Unified Command Post, Incident Communications Centers, and various tactical operations centers, joint information center (JIC), staging areas, and field locations. However, the coordinated sharing of this data across agencies and jurisdictions is significantly less mature than radio communication and poses a significant interoperability challenge.

To meet this need, CISA has developed the ITSL course. The ITSL course targets Federal, state/territory, tribal, urban, local, and emergency response professionals, and supports personnel in all disciplines with a communications background and an aptitude for and extensive experience in information technology. The training course provides an overview of the ITSL components including the Unified Help Desk (inclusive of both communications and IT support), IT Infrastructure Manager, Network Manager, and specialist roles. It provides an in-depth overview of their responsibilities and includes exercises for the ITSL’s major functions to ensure reliable and timely delivery of IT services to participating agencies and officials.

There must be a minimum of 10 or a maximum 20 qualified students two weeks in advance of the course in order for CISA to conduct the course.

Prerequisites for Attendance

• Personal experience:
o A public safety background with experience in field operations and/or experience providing information technology solutions to support public safety operations

Awareness of fundamental public safety broadband and wireless communications technology

• Must have completed the following on-line courses from the FEMA EMI website: o IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100

IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response

IS-700: An Introduction to the National Incident Management System

IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction

• Completion of the following in-person classroom instruction: o ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents

• Additional recommended training: o ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents, is recommended but not required


Landfill Search: Finding Nevaeh Adams

The South Carolina Palmetto Incident Support Team (IST) was requested to assist a South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization deployment in the search for a missing child in a county landfill.  The initial request was for thirty firefighters a day to serve as the search team.  The search was intensely orchestrated utilizing data and information gathered by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. The remains of the missing child were located on the 30th and last day of the planned operation.   This provided the evidence needed to assist the solicitor in filing murder charges against a suspect.  We want to share the story of an unprecedented search in South Carolina and the obstacles encountered throughout the process.   


Lessons Identified, Not Learned...How Do We Learn?

In this session, participants will evaluate several historical after-action reports and identify lessons that still have not been addressed on a national scale. Those lessons are appropriately named lessons identified versus lessons learned. The workshop will then ask participants to identify how such lessons may be addressed using the Knowledge, Motivation, and Organizational Barriers model and then a theoretical improvement plan will be developed to identify tasks and actions that can be taken to turn the identified lessons to learned lessons.


Managing Information Technology (IT) for the IMT:  A primer for the ITSL position

The complexity of incident communications has been growing rapidly for many years. The COML position is often stretched too thin to manage IT technology in addition to the increased complexity of voice communications.  The demand for secure, resilient IT products on an incident is accelerating. The Information Technology Service Unit Leader (ITSL) position was created to meet this need in ICS in parallel to the COML.  This session will provide a panel discussion of the just what this position is and what it can provide to an IMT.


Mental Health

This training will highlight the most common behavioral health concerns for first responders, including chronic stress, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, and suicide. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the impact of these behavioral health issues and how certain aspects of the first responder profession are protective and risk factors for developing certain behavioral health conditions. This presentation will include strategies for improving mental well-being, best practices for developing resiliency, and highlight available treatment options to address the needs of members. 


NIC Emerging Technologies Workshop

coming soon


Organized Chaos: Making sense of emergency data.

"Organized Chaos" will examine how AHIMTs can utilize the intelligence and information management cycle to organize essential elements of information (EEIs).  Through use of a case study in the application of GIS tools this session will explore a way to highlight critical data resulting in more timely and relevant decision making by incident management staff.


Strength Over Stigma: Building Resilience to Critical Incident Stress on IMT Deployments

IMT members are deployed to some of the most devastating incidents in the country.  Whether a large natural disaster, or a smaller regional incident, these incidents are impactful on every person involved, including IMT members.  You don't need to be in the field to be impacted by tragedy.  How is your IMT preparing your members for what they will experience? In this session, you will see what current research shows on how to build resilience to critical incident stress, and you will walk away with solid ideas so you can ensure your colleagues quickly bounce back from critical incident stress.


Team Culture for AHIMT

Working in a process-driven professional team, we often miss the mark when defining the Team Cultural Principles.  Having deliberate conversations and setting expectations on how team members communicate and treat each other is vital. Often teams exercise the technical aspect of the job without dedicating time to talk about the soft skills required to make teams more successful.


The Expanding Role of the All-Hazards SOFR

This session will focus on elevating a SOFR's knowledge base in keeping team members safe & healthy. The COVID pandemic tested us all, so a concentrated emphasis on Environmental Health especially on infectious diseases with implementation of safety guidance will be highlighted. Other unique safety situations will be reviewed so SOFRs can be alert, sustain their skills and provide proactive mitigation measures. Discussion on accident investigations, SOFR resources & SOFR Kit content will be considered. Who are the potential stakeholders an SOFR will interact with on an all-hazard incident?


The Liaison Function in the All-Hazards Environment

In this session we will cover the roles of the Liaison Officer in the All-Hazards environment, the difference between the Liaison and the Public Information Officer, and how the Liaison Officer can assist you in your mission. Additionally,  we will  discuss what you can expect from the Liaison and what the Liaison expects from other sections/functions.  We will also cover the administrative duties of the position.


Veterans Crosswalk Workshop

AHIMTA is evaluating the Competencies, Behaviors, and Tasks of veterans to identify those same Competencies, Behaviors, and Tasks used in ICS. We will be looking at veterans as a whole and specific Military Occupational Specialties. The ultimate goal will be a completed job task review that can be developed into a cross walk to be presented for consideration for implementation into qualification systems. The cross walk should provide veterans with a path to quicker qualification for ICS positions.




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