During disasters and emergencies, the resources of local public safety agencies resources can be stretched to the limit as an incident expands in duration, size, scope, or complexity.
That’s why the Barnstable County Regional Emergency Planning Committee (BCREPC) created the Barnstable County All-Hazards Incident Management Team (BCAHIMT) — to provide essential behind-the-scenes support functions enabling agencies to focus resources and concentrate on achieving incident objectives.
Highly Trained and ICS Compliant
The BCAHIMT follows FEMA Incident Command and Incident Management standards. It uses ICS standard operating procedures within the framework of the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Highly qualified BCAHIMT personnel are available for all ICS Command and General Staff positions:
- Incident Command
- Public information
- Multi-agency coordination
BCAHIMT deployment is flexible. Personnel can be deployed as a complete team, incrementally, or individually as the incident warrants.
Team members – employed and retired – are drawn from the ranks of fire, police, health, public works, utilities, medical, and private-sector organizations — diversity is key to a successful team
Planned Public Events
Fortunately, major disasters and emergencies are few and far between. But planned public events including parades, fairs and festivals, fireworks displays, flu clinics, and road races are a common occurrence. The BCAHIMT is available to assist public agencies and non-governmental organizations in the management of large-scale planned events.
Multi-Agency Coordination Center (MACC)
The BCAHIMT operates the Barnstable County Multi-Agency Coordination Center, a NIMS standard entity. The MACC is designed to provide local Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) with resources and information during major countywide or regional incidents. The MACC captures, consolidates, and coordinates local requirements and communicates and coordinates with regional, state, federal, utility, and non-governmental resources to deliver requested resources back to the local EOCs.
Overall responsibility for an incident is with the Authority Having Jurisdiction. The BCAHIMT will provide support and consultation to Incident Command or Unified Command. Only by delegation of authority from the local Authority Having Jurisdiction would the BCAHIMT assume incident command.
- Team Leader: Robert Brown, Dennis Fire Department Chief
- Deputy Team Leader: David Pelonzi, Bourne Fire Deputy Chief
- Coordinator: Mike Walker, Barnstable County Emergency Management
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