The Boulder Incident Management Team (IMT) is a partnership of professionals who are trained and qualified in incident management. The team provides an organizational structure and competent management staff to support large-scale emergency responses in the City of Boulder and Boulder County. Founded in 2010, the team has responded to the Fourmile and Dome fires in 2010, the September 2013 Floods, the Cold Springs Fire in 2016, Sunshine Fire in 2017, and other incidents across the state of Colorado. With each activation the team refines its processes, builds relationships with its stakeholders and continues to increase capacity.
- Work toward completion of a task book (for trainees).
- We encourage members with qualifications to broaden their skills and open new task books as well.
- Maintain current contact information in Everbridge.
- Everbridge in an online system you can access from any internet connection. We use it to activate the team, so your contact information must stay current in the system.
- Complete an Annual Commitment Packet each year.
- This allows us to get updated contact and training information as well as renew your sponsoring agency’s and your commitment to the team.
- Actively participate (maybe the most important commitment)!
- As a member of the Boulder IMT, you’re expected to be willing to share knowledge, provide mentorship or be mentored, support your section’s development, assist with trainings and serve on committees as needed. We count on the participation of individual members to accomplish tasks throughout the year to maintain and develop the team.
- The team will provide exercises periodically for members’ participation.
- The team will make all members aware of team meetings throughout the year.
- The team will share course offerings provided across the state.
- The team will actively work to secure team participation in planned events so members have the opportunity to gain experience.
- The team will provide access to the team website to all members.
- The team will provide access to and support for activation systems and procedures.
Many new members may already have a task book open or perhaps even several completed. However, for those of you who are new to task books, there are two options. Understanding the differences may be important for you long term. The two types are All-Hazards Task Books and National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Task Books.
These task books have an all-hazards approach. To be qualified you must complete the State’s process including task book completion, documentation, recommendation and approval. If you already have an NWCG qualification, you can also apply to the State to obtain the equivalent State qualification. Here is the link for more information: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dhsem/imt-task-books.
Instead of the all-hazards approach, the NWCG task books cover the performance required on a wildfire assignment. There are a wider range of positions covered by the NWCG task books. If your IMT career goals include deploying to federal wildland fires, it’s probably best to focus on completing NWCG task books. Here is the link: https://www.nwcg.gov/publications/position-taskbooks.
Task books can take a good amount of time to complete, so it’s important to open the right one for you. If you have any questions, it’s best to contact your Section Lead for more detailed information.
Helpful Resources for IMT Members:
- CoTrain is an online training registration tool used by the State of Colorado. Many of the training announcements you’ll receive throughout the year require participants to register through CoTrain. Team members will need to create a username and password. Once you are logged in, you can search for classes across the state. Many of the classes on the site are also free for first response agency personnel. Here is the link: https://www.co.train.org/.
- Colorado Wildland Fire & Incident Management Academy hosts a winter and summer academy every year. The academy provides a great local venue for completing some of the longer training courses. Here is the link: http://www.cwfima.com/.
- HazMat Awareness Certification is a requirement to be completed with any task book submission. This FREE, online training course meets the criteria for this requirement. Here is the link: https://www.iafc.org/topics-and-tools/hazmat/alert-grant.