An incident management team is dispatched or mobilized during complex emergency incidents to provide a command and control infrastructure in order to manage the operational, logistical, informational, planning, fiscal, community, political, and safety issues associated with complex incidents.
IMTs include people from federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial entities.
National "Type 1" Incident Management Teams (IMT’s) are available for assignment to manage large-scale, complex incidents anywhere in the United States. These incidents usually involve large wildfires, but Type 1 Teams can be assigned to any complex all-risk situation which could include hurricanes, floods and other disasters. Several Type 1 teams were assigned to assist FEMA after the September 11th attack, the shuttle recovery effort and Hurricane Katrina.
National “Type 2” IMTs can be assigned to major fires, VIP visits, lengthy search and rescues, law enforcement incidents, multi-day special events.