Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Program

How do I join an AHIMT?

If approved, am I guaranteed a position on an AHIMT?

Do I need my management's approval to apply?

Must I be employed by the state or a county entity to support an AHIMT?

Where do I submit my application?

How many AHIMTs are in Florida?

How many days could I be deployed?

Where would I deploy?

What should I expect when I deploy?

How do I know if I need to deploy?

What's my first step in applying?

 

 

How do I join an AHIMT?

We accept and review applications for county and state employees to support an AHIMT.  If you have the credentials and background, the AHIMT Commander (or designee) will review your application and approve or deny your application. 

 

If approved, am I guaranteed a position on an AHIMT?

No; however, depending on your credentials and background you could be put in a reservist position. From time-to-time, we do have openings on teams for other positions.

 

Do I need my managements approval to apply?

Yes, prior to submitting your application, you must have your Agency Head/Directors approval (signature on the application) and contact information for your Agency Director on the bottom of the application.  We will contact your leadership for final approval of your application. 
 

Must I be employed by the state or a county entity to support an AHIMT?

Yes, you must be employed by a state or a county entity. It is preferred that you're employed with an Emergency Management Team within the state of Florida or a county within Florida.

 

Where do I submit my application?

Depending on your geographical location youll send applications to the AHIMT Commander (or designee) for the Northwest, Northeast, Central, Central West, South, and SERT Florida AHIMTs.  To get additional information please contact Ashley.Davis@em.myflorida.com.

 

How many AHIMTs are in Florida?

We have six AHIMTs, five are county teams and one is a state team located in Tallahassee.

 

How many days could I be deployed?

You could be deployed for 7 to 21 days depending on the severity of the event, which may include 12 to 14+ hours each day/ per shift. 

 

Where would I deploy?

Most likely you will deploy within the state of Florida.  However, we have deployed teams throughout the southeast.

 

What should I expect when I deploy? 

Depending on the incident, conditions could be stressful with only basic amenities available while working long, strenuous hours. 

 

How do I know if I need to deploy?

Your AHIMT Commander will contact and request you to deploy per the SERT Chiefs direction.  You will deploy as a team. 

 

What is my first step in applying? 

The application process for AHIMT positions is managed by the individual AHIMT Incident Commander/Team Administrators.  Review the application(s) and, if you have the credentials and the background, please complete the application(s).  

How can I become qualified in the State of Florida?

Who can be qualified in the State of Florida?

I am retired, can I be qualified in Florida?

How do I request a PTB?

What are the available PTB's at this time?

Do I need to be a member of an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) to become qualified

What trainings do I need to have completed before requesting a PTB?

Who can initiate my PTB?

How many PTBs can I request?

How long do I have to complete a PTB?

What happens if the PTB training or the whole PTB is not completed in the allocated time?

Once I am qualified, how long does my qualification last and how can I maintain my qualification?

Whom should I contact if I have any questions regarding the AHIMT Qualification Program or the AHIMT PTB process?

 

 How can I become qualified in the State of Florida?

 By using Florida's Position Specific Task Books (PTBs). PTB is a book which contains all the critical behaviors, activities, and tasks required to become qualified in a particular AHIMT position. The PTB also serves as the official record of the applicant's evaluation and training. Only an individual who has been qualified by the State of Florida at or above the specific position you are applying for can sign your PTB. 

 

Who can be qualified in the State of Florida?

 Any public sector individuals that are currently an emergency responder within Florida, (Emergency Manager, EMS, Fire Rescue, Law Enforcement) or private sector individuals affiliated with a volunteer organization associated with and recognized by an Emergency Response Agency.

 I am retired, can I be qualified in Florida?

 If you are retired, or do not currently work in the emergency services industry, you must be affiliated as an approved volunteer with your local emergency management agency. While qualifying does NOT authorize or approve deployment capability, your affiliation does provide an official point of contact and accountability for the Florida Division of Emergency Management.

Example–1: You are a retired fire chief or other emergency service official and you have a desire to be qualified. You meet all the training standards; possess a SERT-TRAC account; and have uploaded all of the required document training; and previously served on an Incident Management Team. You may apply, but you must be currently serving as a volunteer with your local emergency management agency.

Example–2: You work in the private sector or as a government employee, but not as an emergency official. You are an Amateur Radio Emergency Services volunteer; have a SERT TRAC account and have uploaded all of the required certifications; possess the position specific COML training and have the required experience as mentioned above in Example-1. You may apply… 

 How do I request a PTB?

All individuals that are seeking qualification will need to submit a request for access to the AHIMT SharePoint site. A detailed list of steps can be found at our website: http://www.floridadisaster.org/ahimt/Index.htm
 

 What are the available PTB's at this time?

 The following PTBs are currently available:

  • Type 3 All-Hazards Incident Commander (IC3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Liaison Officer (LOFR3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Safety Officer (SOFR3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Public Information Officer (PIO3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Planning Section Chief (PSC3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Operations Section Chief (OSC3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Logistics Section Chief (LSC3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Finance/ Administration Section Chief (FSC3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Resource Unit Leader (RESL3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Supply Unit Leader (SPUL3-AH)
  • Type 3 All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader (SITL3-AH)
  • All-Hazards Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS-AH)
  • All-Hazards Strike Team/Task Force Leader (STTFL-AH)

 

 Do I need to be a member of an All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) to become qualified?

 No, however it is highly encouraged.

 

 What trainings do I need to have completed before requesting a PTB?

An individual must have completed IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, IS 800, G-300, and G-400 with training certificates upload to their SERT TRAC Account.

 Who can initiate my PTB?

 Your Regional Steering Committee members. A list of members can be found at our website: http://www.floridadisaster.org/ahimt/Index.htm.

 

How many PTBs can I request?

 At one time, an individual can only have two (2) active PTBs..

 

 How long do I have to complete a PTB?

Once the first task has been signed off, an individual has 3 years to complete the PTB and 1 year to complete the trainings related to the PTB. 

 What happens if the PTB training or the whole PTB is not completed in the allocated time?

The PTB will become invalid and the process must be restarted. 

 Once I am qualified, how long does my qualification last and how can I maintain my qualification?

 The qualifications last for five (5) years and within that period one must provide copies of IAP and ICS 225 for any Type 3, or higher, incident complexity for qualifying incident(s), event(s), exercise(s) lasting multiple operational periods.

 

 Whom should I contact if I have any questions regarding the AHIMT Qualification Program or the AHIMT PTB process?

 For any questions related to the AHIMT Program please email AHIMT@em.myflorida.com or contact Ian-Paul Gadea Guidicelli, All-Hazards IMT Planner at email: Ian.Guidicelli@em.myflorida.com

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