Incident Management Teams

All-Hazards Incident Management Team Mission

The purpose of an incident management team (IMT)is to assist any Colorado jurisdiction confronted with an incident beyond its capabilities in either complexity or duration. An IMT provides capabilities to an all-hazards incident that can facilitate a robust management framework to support a jurisdiction in stabilizing or bringing an incident to the conclusion. Also, an IMT maintains the ability to support the incident as it escalates in complexity or duration requiring a more capable IMT to take over.

In Colorado, an IMT provides a support role for the local incident command structure when an incident has exceeded the capabilities of a jurisdiction. The jurisdiction requesting the assistance of an IMT,known as the authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), defines the IMT’s role with support from state representatives providing technical support and assistance through delegated authorities. An AHJ can include a local jurisdiction, state or federal agencies.


In 2003, the State of Colorado Resource Mobilization Working Group developedstate standards for individual resources and Type 3 Incident Management Teams. The Type 3 Incident Management Team Subcommittee of the working group developed task books and guidelines as a standard for the state program. The documents provide guidance for the establishment of minimum standards for incident personnel using these "all-risk" task books and standards.

This initiative is designed to

  • Strategically locate teams throughout the state.
  • Provide incident management for state-level disasters that do not receive a federal declaration.
  • Provide for the interim management of an incident until the arrival of Type 1 or Type 2 team.
  • Prepare team personnel for all-hazard incidents.
  • Deploy management personnel when local jurisdictions are overwhelmed or for an incident with prolonged operational periods.
  • Allow requests for single team resources and not necessarily the entire team.

Between 2012 and 2015 Colorado experienced five presidential disaster declarations due to natural hazards events. Colorado’s five state-certified IMTs have a history of providing incident management expertise and surge capacity and were utilized during these disasters and other planned and unplanned events. An IMT provides great benefits for the state and local communities, some of whom lack the resources to effectively manage a complex event or incident. Having the added capacity of the IMTs at crucial periods when the complexity of an event is growing rapidly has proven to save lives, reduce disaster losses, and resulted in faster incident stabilization with lower cost and faster recovery.

Colorado Type 3 Incident Management Teams

Colorado Incident Management Team Contact Information

  • Sean Settle, Colorado Incident Management Team Program Manager
  • Trevor Denney, DHSEM Field Services Supervisor
  • Media Inquiries: Micki Trost, DHSEM Strategic Communications Director