ISS1 2019

Reservist Magazine is the award-winning official publication of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. Quarterly issues include news and feature articles about the men and women who comprise America's premier national maritime safety and security

Issue link:

Contents of this Issue


Page 46 of 67

Training Focus Since its inception in 2014, the R-IMAT has focused on the training and qualification of its reserve members in critical ICS Command and General Staff positions to include Planning, Operations, Logistics, Liaison, Incident Commander, and many more qualifications. The continued training emphasis enabled the unit to be self- sustaining, allowing for the internal training and qualification of unit personnel, alleviating the need to rely on active duty personnel and have produced impressive results. The R-IMAT's 17 members are assigned more than 27 competencies and have completed over 80 percent of this requirement. Members in general hold more than two qualifications, and all combined aggregate to over 60 qualifications. One crucial factor helping R-IMAT achieve this level of qualifications is the member's flexibility. R-IMAT allows members to expand their individual training opportunities by attending courses within the emergency preparedness community; including FEMA, federal and state level sponsored courses. This flexibility has not just proved to be cost effective; it also allows members to pursue the wide array of sponsored ICS training available within and outside PACAREA. Many of these are hosted at local city and state sponsored organizations, like fire departments and state emergency preparedness organizations, and all funded by FEMA. Results R-IMAT members' variety of ICS qualifications and capabilities enabled PACAREA-35 to use them for sudden and complicated contingency mobilizations. This level of support to PACAREA was achieved in major part due to the R-IMAT focus on obtaining training and qualification to be "Mobilization Ready," with R-IMAT members serving as qualified first responders. Currently assigned members combined a wealth of experience and knowledge surpassing 2,600 days of direct continuous support to incidents of national significance. More than a third of its members mobilized for the Deepwater Horizon response, and 75 percent of its members mobilizing for the 2017 and 2018 hurricane seasons, responding to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate, and Lane, as well as the late December 2018 Super Typhoon Yutu. During Hurricane Lane in August 2018, 10 reservists from PACAREA-35 R-IMAT were mobilized to support the Situation and Resource Units, providing PACAREA with valuable information and maintaining continuity of operations throughout the weekend as the storm battered the islands of Hawaii. Eight qualified reservists from R-IMAT deployed to support the FEMA Incident Commander during Typhoon Yutu. Upon arrival, they took charge of the Incident Command and executed the missions, maintaining the continuity of the emergency response operations and bringing stabilization to the people of the Mariana Islands. "We designed the R-IMAT to provide a scalable all-hazard response capability," said Cmdr. Dominik Schmidt, senior reserve officer for the PACAREA-35 Reserve IMAT. "Capabilities range from developing and coaching full scale ICS exercises to standing up a self-contained deployable unit to help manage an incident. The unit members have over 60 qualifications and they train together on dozens of different scenarios to maximize versatility." Coaching Opportunities R-IMAT can provide Coast Guard units with guidance and coaching on training strategies and how to maximize available resources. R-IMAT personnel provide tailored training to support and meet the needs of other units seeking to build their cadre of ICS qualified personnel. During March and April 2019 the R-IMAT conducted three major full-scale exercises within the PACAREA AOR, training more than 66 members from PAC, District 11, Sector San Francisco and Sector Puget Sound. Participants were placed in roles they would be recalled to fill in an emergency, based upon their unit's Watch Quarter, and Station Bill. As a direct result, 2,074 qualification tasks were signed off, enhancing the participating unit's incident management capabilities. R-IMAT coaches can train in the following areas: • ICS position-specic coaching/mentoring of students • Personnel qualication standard review and signoff • Exercise development and execution • Contingency plan development Units interested can contact PACAREA-35 LCDR Martin Schell at: � — Story and photos submitted by Lt. Ruben Del Rio and Lt. Lon N. Nguyen The 17-member Pacic Area Reserve Incident Management Assist Team is able to respond to all threats and all hazards within the Pacic Area region of responsibility but also outside the Coast Guard typical maritime area of expertise. Issue 1 • 2019 � RESERVIST 45

Articles in this issue

Links on this page

Archives of this issue

view archives of Reservist - ISS1 2019