Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Management Team (O-305) Training

November 27- December 1, 2023
Fayette County EOC, Lexington, KY

This 5-day course serves as a basic introduction to the activities and processes of a Type 3 IMT.

A Type 3 AHIMT is a multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional team and is used for extended or complex incidents. It is formed and managed at the local, state, or tribal level and includes a designated team of trained personnel from different departments, organizations, agencies, and jurisdictions.

This course is designed for those who are assigned to function in a Type 3 IMT during a large/complex incident, typically extending into multiple operational periods. The Type 3 IMT can either support an existing ICS structure, or can assume command of an incident if requested to do so.

“I signed up for the Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team course because I wanted to be prepared to best serve my community in the event of a disaster. I came in with a vague understanding of the Incident Command System, but this curriculum has given me clarity on how the ICS and an IMT is supposed to work. By using both models, I am confident that we will be able to accomplish our mission.”  – Police Chief, Rodney Richardson, Richmond, KY

This course, also known as the All-Hazard IMT program, helps students gain understanding of IMT processes and functions. In addition, students increase their proficiency in the roles and responsibilities of IMT members during large or complex incidents. The O-305 Incident Management Team course focuses on the importance of developing and operating as a functional Type 3 IMT.

Twenty-seven attendees from ten different responder agencies in Kentucky completed the five-day course. The course was broken down into four units that were covered in three days with multiple activities throughout. Individual and group activities occurred often. IMT structure, team dynamics, and leadership qualities were all reviewed and discussed.

Two full days of classwork and activity were spent reviewing the All-Hazards Planning Cycle and the “Planning-P”. The term “Planning P” refers to a graphical representation of the sequence and relationship of the meetings, work periods, and briefings that comprise the Planning Cycle. Time was spent identifying the components of the planning cycle, the purpose of each meeting and briefing in the planning cycle, and plenty of practice creating Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Time-measurable (SMART) objectives.

“Attending the Type 3 All Hazards Incident Management Team course has given me a better understanding of the disaster management process. The in-depth application of the course’s core concepts through a scenario-based environment clearly showed me how the various roles and responsibilities within an Incident Management Team come together.”  – Lieutenant Lexington (KY) Fire Department, Shannon Poynter

The class was divided into three groups early on day one, with students representing two field IMT teams and an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) IMT team. Every student assumed on of the following IMT positions:

• Incident Commander (IC)
• Safety Officer (SOF)
• Liaison Officer (LOFR)
• Public Information Officer (PIO)
• Operations Section Chief (OSC)
• Planning Section Chief (PSC)
• Logistics Section Chief (LSC)
• Finance/Administration Section Chief (FSC)

The final two days of the course consisted of an exercise simulating a local tornado scenario. All aspects of the Planning P cycle were simulated and demonstrated throughout the 2-day exercise. Each IMT organized, planned, and simulated each of the meetings and briefings in the planning cycle including the: Tactics Meeting, Planning Meeting, and Operational Period Briefing.

“This course has given me a better understanding of the role of an IMT for Disaster and Incident Management. As a student this course has challenged me to bring together field teams operations to coordinate with other teams and the EOC”  – Battalion Chief Nicholasville Fire Department & Jessamine County EMA Director, Johnny Adams

All students had to successfully complete a final exam and score 75% or better to receive a certificate. All students were given multiple job aids, checklists, and reference guides for future use.
Kentucky Responder Agency participants included:

• Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP)
• Fayette Emergency Management
• Greenup County Emergency Management
• Jessamine County Emergency Management
• Jessamine County Fire Department
• Kentucky Emergency Management (KYEM)
• Laurel County Fire Department
• Lexington Fire Department
• Powell County Emergency Management – CSEPP
• Richmond Police Department