In 2002, the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC), and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Metro Chiefs signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that USFA would develop and maintain an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) program.
A focus meeting was held July 14-16, 2003 to determine the path forward.
The focus was,
To support the NFP (National Fire Program) in the planning, development, and delivery of curricula in order to complete the rapid deployment of a training program on the principles of all-risk IMT operations and the process for IMT position certification.
The Result – The All-Hazards Incident Management Team Program
The report, INCIDENT MANAGEMENT TEAMS RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF TRAINING FOCUS GROUP REPORT, was released that provided a road map to developing an AHIMT program. A Press Release by R. David Paulison, U.S. Fire Administrator and former chief of Metro Dade Fire-Rescue in Florida announced the joint effort. During the next several decades the USFA provided one person and a small budget to continue developing the program.
A detailed history of the AHIMT program is provided on the Program History and Timeline page.
In late 2022, after twenty-years of work and progress, the USFA inexplicably sunsetted and defunded its support of the development of the AHIMT program.
Stakeholders who recognize how essential this incident management Core Capability is are continuing to contribute to keeping the program active and progressing forward while a new “home” is determined.
Site Purpose and Organization
Over the past two decades, the USFA has collaborated with the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association (AHIMTA), other Federal agencies and departments, and several stakeholder groups as they developed a significant number of documents, trainings, exercises, and research papers that were instrumental in developing the nascent AHIMT program into its current state – a widely accepted and used resource that deserves Federal support and sponsorship.
The purpose of this site is to maintain a central location that systematizes AHIMT program Plans, Policies, Procedures, best practices, and accompanying materials that enable Federal, state, and local Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) to develop and maintain an All-Hazards Incident Management Team program.
This site is currently organized into four sections, but undergoing continual expansion.