Photo Blog: Complex Incident Management Course, Fall 2021
Southern Group of State Foresters
Twelve U.S. states participated in the recent Complex Incident Management Course (CIMC) in North Carolina, which prepared 40 incident management trainees for response to the most complex, multi-jurisdictional wildfire and all-hazard incidents across the nation.
CIMC, held Oct. 17-22 at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, was hosted by the Southern Region and sponsored by the National Association of State Foresters (NASF).
The course provided advanced Type-1 Incident Management Team (IMT) training, producing vital command staff certifications for personnel from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Arizona.
After a hiatus due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s CIMC implemented stringent protocols for the safety of all participants.
The original CIMC curriculum was developed in 1998 by NASF with grant support from the U.S. Forest Service.
In addition to traditional lecture-based teaching, CIMC includes multiple disaster incident simulations such as bomb explosions, hurricanes and hazardous spills, as well as a full-day complex wildfire simulation.
These immersive experiences provide trainees an opportunity to practice together as a team in a safe environment, while receiving top-tier coaching, imparting the confidence and skills needed to manage similar real-life scenarios.
Since its inception, the CIMC program has trained Type-1 IMTs that have deployed personnel to some of the nation’s most historic and catastrophic events such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, major hurricanes including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Michael, COVID-19 response and recent mega-wildfires in the West.
Trainees certified during CIMC are now qualified to serve under the major functional areas needed to successfully manage complex incidents.