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NYC FD Creates National Type 1 Incident Mangement Team

by Chris Sorensen |

The Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and the Forest Service have established a training program in incident command management for New York City firefighters to better respond to terrorist incidents and natural disasters. Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Fire Department of New York Commissioner Nicholas Scoppetta signed the agreement at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn in January. As previously mentioned in my column, FEMA dispatched several USFS Type 1 National Incident Management Teams to New York City and Washington, D.C., and provided logistical and GIS mapping support to local and state authorities using the incident command system in the days follwoing the September 11 attacks.

Through this agreement, personnel from the FDNY will be trained to use the incident command team structure to respond to complex and long duration incidents within the City of New York. At their discretion, the City of New York may make FDNY firefighters trained in incident command techniques available for mobilization to combat wildfires and other incidents nationwide. FDNY training began in February and continued through early April to form a 60-plus person incident management team ready for mobilization.