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An Overview of All-Hazard Incident Management Team

All-Hazard Incident Management Team (AHIMT) fulfills an essential function in the management of, and response to provincial, First Nation, region, county and municipal emergencies, regardless of the hazard.

What is an AHIMT?

An AHMIT is a resource that enhances capabilities and capacities for preparedness, response and recovery through the provision of personnel to fulfill the incident management functions. This may include all components and functions of the Incident Command / Management Systems, an AHIMT:

  • Includes Commander, Command and General Staff.

  • Has formal assignment response roles and responsibilities.

  • Has pre-designated roles and responsibilities for members (identified and contracted for deployment).

  • Is available 24/7/365.

A timeline showing the typical timeframes for CDRO preparedness, response and operations for different types of notification and activations is shown below.

Upon arrival, the AHIMT’s Incident Commander (IC) meets with the local IC and the Agency Administrator (Executive, City Manager or Mayor, etc.) to determine what they expect from the AHIMT, and to obtain any necessary delegation of authority. The incoming IC then briefs the rest of the incoming AHIMT about their role. The AHIMT integrates as requested into the current Incident Command System (ICS) structure.

When are AHIMTs used?

Typical situations where AHIMTs are used include:

  • Coordination of on-scene operations.

  • Natural disasters, e.g., agricultural & food, environmental

  • Planned exercise or public event.

  • Public health emergency.

  • Technological or human caused incidents, e.g., public safety, structural, transportation, supply & distribution

What are Type 3 AHIMTs?

A Type 3 AHIMT is a multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional team used for situations that may be extended. It is formed and managed at the provincial perspective and includes a designated team of trained personnel from different departments, organizations, agencies and jurisdictions.

Type 3 AHIMTs are deployed as a team of trained and experienced personnel, representing multiple disciplines who manage complex incidents requiring a significant number of personnel. They manage incidents that extend into multiple operational periods and require a written Incident Action Plan.

AHIMIT Structure

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