In the Fall of 2014 the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) convened a committee to begin work on the development of a Louisiana All Hazards Incident Management Team program (LA AHIMT) for the State of Louisiana.The committee met and began work, reviewing federal guidance and various programs adopted by other states. In the Spring of 2015 it was decided to transition the committee under the Unified Command Group’s First Responders Subcommittee, which officially established it as the “Louisiana All Hazards Incident Management Team Working Group” at their meeting on February 23, 2015. The LA AHIMT Working Group continued to review available doctrine and guidance, then focused on the All Hazards Incident Management Team Association’s (AHIMTA) model documents.
The Working Group agreed to recommend adoption of the AHIMTA’s model Interstate Incident Management Team Qualifications System (IIMTQS) Guide and Position Task Books (PTBs) to the First Responders Subcommittee. In turn, the First Responders Subcommittee unanimously recommended adoption and implementation of these documents to the Director of the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 4, 2015.
Adoption and Implementation
The State of Louisiana would like to formally recognize and thank all of the individuals and agencies involved in the development of this guide, and in particular, the All Hazards Incident Management Team Association for their work in sharing this document in and effort establish a standardized “best practice” for Incident Management Teams throughout the United States. This guide will further the State of Louisiana’s efforts to fully adopt the National Incident Management System, and enhance the ability of State and local jurisdictions to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond to and recover from all-hazards events.We hereby adopt the IIMTQS Guide and Position Task Books, with subsequent updates and revisions, for implementation in the State of Louisiana.