The Pierce County Incident Management team is a Type 3 All-Hazard Incident Management Team, comprised of experienced, trained, and credentialed personnel from a wide range of local agencies and disciplines who are available to manage unplanned or pre-planned events throughout Pierce County.
The IMT was created in 2006. It consists of over 50 personnel from local agencies that includes fire, police, emergency management, communications, and school district personnel who have extensive training in managing large scale or complex incidents. Each member’s home agency has signed a Memorandum of Agreement that they agree to provide their team member for a deployment for 72 hrs on any incident within Pierce County. Additionally, we have deployed teams on several large incidents throughout Washington State, utilizing either direct or WAMAS reimbursement. A short team is also available for EMAC deployments nationwide.
We have been deployed on a wide range of incidents, from law enforcement memorials to running Emergency Operations Centers to planning large, full scale exercises that are HSEEP compliant. Some significant deployments include:
- Planned the memorial and ensured continuity of operations for the Lakewood Police Department when they lost four Officers in 2009.
- Planned the memorial and other operations that same year when the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department lost a Deputy.
- Conducted the regional Water Rescue Exercise for over 200 first responders in 2013.
- Coordinated the response and search for a worker killed in a grain silo collapse in Roy in 2013.
- Provided single resource, EOC support to Snohomish County during the 2014 SR-530 mudslide.
- Used short teams to assist Okanogan County with EOC operations during the large wildfires of 2014 and again in 2015
In addition to the equipment that each team member brings to a deployment, the team maintains a pickup truck and cargo trailer that carries all of the team equipment and allows us to establish a command post virtually anywhere we are needed. We also have the capability of reaching back to member agencies for additional support, as needed.