Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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85 Spring 2015 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings Today's IMAT Ready to assist with incident management by CAPT Anthony LLoyd Commanding Ofcer Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Team The Coast Guard Incident Management Assistance Team (CG-IMAT), commissioned in August 2013, provides highly trained personnel who are ready to assist with major inci- dent management activities. It has four distinct responsi- bilities: ■ Incident management: The CG-IMAT is a Type-1 Inci- dent Management Assistance Team. Deployments include individuals, four-person away teams, 15-person deployable elements, or the entire CG-IMAT. ■ Training support: It assists the Coast Guard's Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) with Incident Command System (ICS) training and certifes individ- uals in position-specifc qualifcations. ■ Exercise support: The CG-IMAT can employ specifc personnel to assist in pre-exercise training, planning, execution, and evaluation. ■ Field unit readiness assessment: The CG-IMAT assists FORCECOM's eforts to standardize feld capabilities and enhance unit readiness. All Hazards, All Risks The CG-IMAT includes four departments (command, opera- tions, planning, and logistics), which provide multiple indi- viduals or away teams to support operational commanders, or up to two deployable elements capable of responding to two simultaneous Type 1 or Type 2 incidents. The IMAT can deploy a four-to-six-person away team within six hours of a request. An additional 11 members (to staf the full 15-person deployable element) can be ready to deploy within 12 hours, with the remaining members ready to deploy within 24 hours. Personnel can then follow up an initial deployment with advice on "right-sizing" any inci- dent or ICS organization. Results During its frst year the CG-IMAT assisted personnel from Coast Guard headquarters, other government agencies, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, and the Panama Canal Authority. The team logged 3,651 workdays: ✔ responding to six incidents, including three large oil spills; ✔ conducting nine ICS workshops; ✔ participating in 30 exercises; ✔ providing adjunct instructors, coaches, and subject matter experts for 39 ICS courses. As we continue to support our customers, we need to keep their perspectives in mind. It is critical that we meet them where they're at, as we move into assist. About the author: CAPT Anthony Lloyd is the commanding officer, Coast Guard Inci- dent Management Assist Team. Previous command tours include commanding ofcer of the National Maritime Center and commanding ofcer of the Pacifc Strike Team. CAPT Lloyd has also served as the Coast Guard's program manager for incident management and marine environmental response; executive ofcer, alternate captain of the port, and federal on-scene coordinator at Marine Safety Ofce Memphis; and operations division chief at the National Strike Force Coordination Center. A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, CAPT Lloyd earned a master's degree in national security and strategic studies and holds a National Incident Management System, Incident Command System Type II incident commander and Type I liaison ofcer certifcation. Bibliography: CG-Incident Management Assistance Team's Final Operating Capacity Team Project, October 23, 2014. IMAT Mission Statement Assist our customers to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the efects of all risks and all-hazard incidents and events. For more information: See IMAT's website: www.uscg.mil/ lantarea/cgimat/ for CG-IMAT progress and ongoing work.

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