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Texas Incident Management Teams



Lone Star State Incident Management Teams(LSSIMT's) are comprised of a Type 2 and Type 3 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.

On any given day in Texas, the LSSIMT may be called upon to provide leadership for any variety of disasters occurring at opposite ends of the state or in other states across the country. Whether it is a raging wildfire in North Texas, a flood in South Texas, the recovery of the Columbia Shuttle in East Texas or a Hurricane along the Louisiana Gulf Coast, LSSIMT has been there. 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.


Lone Star State Type II & Type 3-N

  • These are Interagency teams for extended incidents/events, formed and managed at the State level.
  • Agencies represented include, but not limited to: local, state and federal government, and private sectors.
  • Deployed as a team to manage major and/or complex incidents/events, requiring a significant number of local, regional, state and possibly federal resources, and incidents that extend into multiple operational periods and require a written IAP.
  • In the event that less than a full team is needed, single resources or incident management components can be ordered to fill the mission assignment request.
  • May be utilized at incidents, such as a natural disaster, man-made disaster, wildfires, and as requested by the Texas State Operations Center (SOC).
  • May initially support or manage larger, more complex incidents, prior to the arrival of, and transfer of command to, a Type 2 or Type 1 IMT, respectfully.
  • May be deployed anywhere in the State of Texas or United States, through the TFS, SOC, ESF4, or EMAC Request.
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 300 AHIMT members statewide, representing all first responder disciplines.

There are currently 17 Regional Incident Management Teams, scattered throughout the state. The original intent of the RIMT (formerly known as the All-Hazard IMTs) program, was to provide immediate response to affected jurisdictions, within DPS regions. This would provide the first-line defense for each region. Today, this IMT concept has grown to help build the capacity of the State of Texas and serves as a feeder team, into the larger Lone Star Teams.


About FSR Teams

To meet the needs of communities across the country during the unprecedented 2017 hurricane and wildfire seasons, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) successfully augmented its workforce with thousands of volunteers from other Federal Agencies and state and local emergency management organizations.
FEMA is seeking to continue this whole community partnership and build capacity for managing complex incidents. FEMA is coordinating with experienced State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) personnel to deploy as FEMA Supplemental Response (FSR) Teams in support of FEMA’s response operations.

Positions for Deployment

Participating personnel will need to complete USFA’s training course for Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (O-305) and meet National Qualification System (NQS)baseline position requirements prior to FEMA deployments. FEMA will work with SLTT partners to provide required training.
FSR Team deployments will be available to both qualified personnel as well as personnel who are working toward qualification.
For more information on NQS visit: www.fema.gov/emergency-managers/nims/components/position-task-books

Benefits of Participation

Participating personnel obtain “real world” incident deployment experience and training for participating members. Personnel will gain valuable experience to bring back and build capacity for their jurisdictions. This program increases integration between FEMA and the SLTT partners that it serves, creating more efficient coordination for future incidents.
Participating AHIMTs will receive qualification opportunities, performance feedback, and training. FEMA will fund the associated costs of required trainings,and deployed personnel will be able to participate in additional trainings at the field site alongside FEMA personnel. FEMA will also offer professional development through joint trainings and exercises.

Deployment Expectations

For the 2019 Hurricane Season, participants must be rostered and available to deploy in the Resource Ordering and Status System (ROSS). FEMA will deploy teams for a minimum of 21 days with the possibility of extension to ensure continuity of operations. Personnel will not be deployed by FEMA if it creates a conflict with the immediate needs of the SLTT partner.
During deployment periods, personnel will be compensated at their current salary rate. FEMA will reimburse all team and individual travel expenses up to approved Federal lodging and per diem rates, subject to the Federal Travel Regulations and cooperative agreements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will FEMA reimburse for the costs of benefits associated with deployed FSR team members?
A: Yes, FEMA will reimburse for salary and benefits of deployed personnel during the deployment period based on the cooperative agreement.

Q: What training is required and will FEMA cover the cost of that training for participants?
A: Currently, FEMA requires only USFA’s training course for Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (O-305) prior to deploying as an FSR Team member. FEMA will fund the cost of this training for any members who have not yet completed the course. As FEMA further develops training and qualification requirements, FEMA will coordinate with SLTT partners on associated costs and requirements for FSR teams.

Q: What does it mean that FSR Teams can be deployed for 21 days with the possibility for extension?
A: FEMA requires a commitment to deploy for 21 days to support initial response, coordination with impacted jurisdictions, and ensuring continuity of operations. Depending on operational requirements of the incident, FEMA may request to extend the deployment period for an FSR team in coordination with the SLTT partner.

Q: Will personnel who are working toward qualification be paid at a different rate than qualified personnel?
A: No, FEMA will reimburse all SLTT employees at their current salaries, regardless of qualification status, based on cooperative agreements.

Q: Can an AHIMT participate if it is not currently in ROSS?
A: FEMA is planning to utilize ESF 4 mission assignments to access available teams in ROSS for federal operational support deployments during the 2019 Hurricane Season. If an AHIMT is not in ROSS, FEMA and ESF 4 will not be able to request and deploy them.

Q: Is there a maximum number of personnel who are not yet qualified that can deploy with the team during FEMA operations?
A: There is no set number of non-qualified personnel that will be accepted to accompany qualified personnel by team. FEMA will work with ESF 4 and SLTT partners to ensure that teams are able to meet operational requirements for each deployment.

LSSIMT Membership

Applications for the 2021 Teams are closed.

Applications for both the LSSIMT 2 & LSSIMT 3 will open in October 2021, with team selections conducted in November. Applicants will need to apply each year and preference will be given to current, qualified (red-carded or 'w' endorsement) applicants for the Primary and Alternate positions. Trainee positions will be determined by current open task books. Any employee of the Texas A&M Forest Service, State of Texas, Federal Cooperator (USFS, USFWS, BIA, NPS) or current member of the Texas Regional IMT Program is encouraged to apply.

Contact LSSIMT Program Managers:

Gabe Mahlum - Assistant Chief - State Operations Center
254-220-5138 gmahlum@tfs.tamu.edu
Jon Reese - Assistant Chief - All Hazards Response
979-224-8236 jon.reese@tfs.tamu.edu
Les Rogers - LSSIMT 2 Incident Commander
979-218-2403 lrogers@tfs.tamu.edu

RIMT Membership

Applications for RIMT Membership vary by each region/team. Please contact individual Team Leads for more information, regarding each team.


Team Leads Contact Information:

TEAM: ALAMO
Mark Trevino (SAFD)
210-542-0192 mark.trevino@sanantonio.gov
TEAM: BRAZOS VALLEY (local only)
Howard Meek
713-203-8183 howard.meek@teex.tamu.edu
TEAM: CAPITAL AREA (CENTEX combined May 2018)
James Gabriel
512-289-0354 james.gabriel@icloud.com
TEAM: CORPUS CHRISTI
Rick Trevino
361-442-7309 Rtrevino@cctexas.com
TEAM: NORTH EAST TEXAS
Larry McRae
903-563-0084 lmcrae@mpcity.org
TEAM: EL PASO
Jorge Rodriguez
915-240-3171 Rodriguezja2@elpasotexas.gov
TEAM: TEXAS GULF COAST
Justin Huddleston
936-828-6430 justin.huddleston@houstontx.gov
TEAM: GOLDEN TRIANGLE
Tim Ocnaschek
409-466-5117 tim.ocnaschek@beaumonttexas.gov
TEAM: PANHANDLE REGIONAL IMT
Shane Brown
806-576-8863 sbrown@theprpc.org
TEAM: PERMIAN BASIN
Justin Bunch
432-640-9330 jbunch@mcounty.com
TEAM: PINEYWOODS
Robert Ford
936-554-6170 fordnac@gmail.com
TEAM: RIO GRANDE VALLEY
Edward Marks
956-459-2276 fire911@att.net
TEAM: SAN JAC
Pat Hughes
281-757-2526 phughes@sugarlandtx.gov
TEAM: SOUTH PLAINS
Justin Musgraves
806-773-8027 jmusgraves@mail.ci.lubbock.tx.us
TEAM: TRINITY BASIN
Brandon Woodward
bwoodward@cityoflewisville.com
TEAM: WEST CENTRAL TEXAS
Jimmy Chew
254-485-6601 jchew@stephenvilletx.gov
TEAM: WICHITA FALLS
Rod Ryalls
940-733-6842 chief.burkfire@gmail.com