ISS1 2019

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PACAREA-35 Reserve IMAT contributes to contingency response capability The Pacific Area Reserve Incident Management Assist Team is a deployable, scalable resource that addresses capability gaps within an incident management organization wherever is required. The 17-member team is able to respond to all threats and all hazards within the Pacific Area region of responsibility but also outside the Coast Guard typical maritime area of expertise. The unprecedented scale and duration of the Deepwater Horizon response in 2010 demonstrated the impact an event of national significance could have on an organization's personnel and resources. As a consequence of this experience, developing an efficient reserve surge force and expanding the education of reserve members in the Incident Command System as the main tool to manage incidents would enable the reservists to work effectively within the Coast Guard Incident response challenges. Reservists assigned to PACAREA-35 R-IMAT have been the spearhead for this Coast Guard organizational effort. Its members train locally, and are prepared to respond to regional, national, and international contingencies, and they can provide incident management expertise to the requesting Coast Guard Operational Commanders or Unified Commands. This unit contributes to the major Coast Guard's incident management capability. Members can be qualified in an array of Type 1, 2, and 3 ICS positions and are available to deploy in all operational areas to assist during contingencies, particularly when the operational tempo requires 24 hours per day response efforts for a duration longer than 72 hours. The unit can also be called upon to augment other regional, district, and area Incident Management Teams as well as National Strike Force assets, and stand ready to provide support during planned events, training, and exercises as well as contingencies. R-IMAT at a recent training exercise. The R-IMAT members' variety of ICS quali•cations and capabilities enabled PACAREA-35 to use them for sudden and complicated contingency mobilizations anywhere in the world. Sector San Francisco holds DIVS training exercise for RTPOs Coast Guard Sector San Francisco held a reserve training petty officer-focused Division/Group Supervisor exercise March 9, 2019, to facilitate task sign off in the DIVS PQS book. At stations, the RTPO positions are assigned the Incident Command System DIVS competency. It's tough for some personnel to obtain the competency, even though they do much of the work in their regular responsibility because the board for the competency needs to be facilitated by a qualified ICS instructor O-4 or above. The DIVS reports to the on-scene commander and is responsible for a number of things, including: the implementation of the assigned portion of the incident action plan, assignment of resources within the division/ group, and reporting on the progress of operations and status of resources. "The primary purpose of the exercise team was to demonstrate the RTPOs are already fulfilling the division group supervisor role," said Lt. Cmdr. Ian Brosnan, "They just need to recognize it and understand how they fit into the ICS structure." Sector San Francisco will follow up with the ICS-339 course later in the year. RTPOs should work with Sector personnel to gain assistance in achieving the DIVS certification. Obtaining this competency provides a member with a robust understanding of the duties, responsibilities and capabilities of an effective DIVS on an incident management team and is highly sought during contingencies. � — Submitted by Don Hartmayer, Office of Boat Forces 44 RESERVIST � Issue 1 • 2019

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