LSSIMT is an all-hazards incident management team (IMT) that works on the same organizational skills used in suppressing wildfires. IMTs have the capability to organize and manage the response to disasters by employing the Incident Command System (ICS). The teams will receive a mission, plan an appropriate response, execute the plan, and support the personnel and equipment involved in the operations. The ICS allows the team to organize and respond to any type of disaster – including wildland fires, hurricanes and the Columbia Shuttle recovery effort. LSSIMT members are capable of remaining active on an incident for up to 21 days at a time and must be self-sustaining for 72 hours.When a disaster occurs in Texas and it exceeds the capabilities of the local government, LSSIMT may be ordered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to respond.
The Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), in cooperation with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has developed the State of Texas Type 3 All Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) program as an added component to wildfire and all-hazard response. These teams are formed by personnel from local jurisdictions who are trained and qualified in Command and General Staff positions and are mobilized by TFS to provide incident management support statewide as needed. The AHIMT program was initiated in 2006 and is delivered by TFS with program funding by TDEM.
These teams work under the direction of the TFS Lone Star State IMT (LSSIMT) to provide the full array of incident management support including supporting impacted communities in managing security and continuity of government issues, assessment of critical infrastructure, and restoration of essential services following a catastrophic incident. There are currently over 400 AHIMT members statewide, representing all first responder disciplines.
The TIFMAS, or Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, is maintained by Texas A&M Forest Service. The program includes training, qualification and mobilization systems to make statewide use of local resources. The program was first used during Hurricane Ike, and has since been used in response to the Presidio flooding, the April 9, 2009, wildfire outbreak in North Texas and Hurricane Alex. The system was successful in all four incidents.