The Texas Interagency Coordination Center, located in Lufkin, is a cooperative effort of the Texas A&M Forest Service, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service, the National Park Service, Texas Parks & Wildlife, The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Nature Conservancy. TICC is one of twelve centers in the Southern Area, and plays a vital role in the national incident management system developed to coordinate and provide support in emergency situations and for planned events like training and prescribed fire.
Since opening in 1998 TICC has mobilized more than 40,000 emergency response personnel and hundreds of aircraft and pieces of equipment from all over the United States to support disaster relief efforts in Texas. Wildland fires are the most common type of incident requiring additional resources, but other events such as a major timber blow-down, recovery of the Shuttle Columbia, hurricane recovery, tornadoes, floods and ice-storms all have required resources coordinated by TICC.
A warehouse of emergency equipment and supplies is maintained at TICC for support of an incident anywhere in the state, and a mobile Incident Management Team Support Cache is available to be deployed to any event. In addition, small mobile caches are placed at strategic locations throughout the state. An additional warehouse is located in McGregor.
TICC’s cooperators include state and federal organizations like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Texas Department of Emergency Management, Texas Army National Guard, Texas Department of Public Safety, Civil Air Patrol, Salvation Army, Texas Department of Criminal Justice, US Geological Survey, Texas Department of Transportation, National Weather Service and Nature Conservancy. Local fire departments, emergency management coordinators and industrial fire departments complete the picture.
The Texas Interagency Coordination Center website, at http://ticc.tamu.edu/ is designed to provide the fire community with easily accessible information that will be a valuable asset in daily operations. Fire weather forecasts, fire risk assessments and drought indices are some of the tools that may assist in critical decisions; volunteer fire departments will benefit from the services described under the VFD Assistance link and the state-wide mutual aid plan is readily available; the Information Directory provides links to various publications, safety information, employment opportunities, training calendars and NWCG taskbooks. On-line schedules and registration are available for the Texas Interagency Wildfire Academies.