History: The Alaska Incident Management Team for SAR (AIMT-SAR) began in the fall of 2011 with a request from Lt. Tugmon, Alaska State Trooper State SAR Coordinator, for ASARA to support a new program specifically designed to train individuals in managing search and rescue incidents. There had been conversations for such a program by previous SAR coordinators and the ASARA directors supported the idea. A committee was formed to begin work on the new program, the Alaska Incident Management Team for search and rescue (AIMTsar). The AIMT-SAR program currently contains over 40 individuals from around Alaska who actively train to manage larger scale SAR incidents.
Purpose: The mission of the AIMT‐SAR is to provide the Alaska State Troopers (AST) with a regionally‐based cadre of SAR volunteers (from local, state, and federal organizations) with extensive training and experience using the Incident Command System for managing SAR incidents, who can serve as an Incident Management Team for search and rescue operations that extend into multiple operational periods and/or reach an ICS Type 4 or greater level of complexity. In addition, AIMT‐SAR members are available to manage less complex incidents when local resources do not have sufficient resources to manage an incident. The AIMT‐SAR is meant to supplement (not supplant) existing ICS capabilities within AST and the volunteer rescue community around the state. At the discretion of AST, the AIMT‐SAR may be loaned to other public safety organizations for SAR incidents. At the discretion of AST the AIMT‐SAR team may also be used for other types of emergency response situations.
Deployment: AST is the authorized agency to deploy AIMT-SAR resources. In the event AIMT-SAR resources may be needed, Federal, state and local agencies should contact the AST SAR Coordinator The AIMT‐SAR is meant to supplement (not supplant) existing ICS capabilities within AST and the volunteer rescue community around the state.
At the request of AST, AIMT‐SAR can field an Incident Management Team who can assist in the management of search and rescue incidents anywhere in the state. The AIMT‐SAR team will endeavor to be self-supporting for up to 72 hours, and will deploy with a portable Mission Response Kit that includes computer equipment with incident management and mapping software, an ICS kit, and basic communication equipment (handheld radios, satellite communication) to support its mission. AST can also deploy individuals from the AIMT‐SAR to fill specific positions in an existing incident management team upon request from the managing agency.
Mission Response Assets: AIMT-SAR maintains a complete mission response kit based in Anchorage consisting of:
AIMT-SAR also maintains 4 regionally-issued basic ICS kits that consist of: 1 laptop computer, a color printer, basic ICS forms, supplies. These kits currently located in Fairbanks, Sitka, Juneau, and Matanuska-Susitna Valley to facilitate mission management when the IMT is deployed to missions in these areas.
Participation with AIMT-SAR: AIMT‐SAR is a volunteer team, the members of which have experience in land based search and rescue and related skills. AIMT‐SAR members also have extensive training and experience in the use of the Incident Command System (ICS) for managing SAR incidents or specific technical skills (GIS, mapping, computer‐aided search software).
New members are recruited to the AIMT from local volunteer SAR teams, as well as local, state, and federal employees with ICS and IMT experience. Applications are invited during a defined time period each year to expand the pool of experienced members within specific ICS positions.
As a member of the AIMT-SAR, individuals will:
Training and Experience Required: The AIMT committee has set AIMT-SAR Position qualifications based on current NIMS ICS training and performance standards.. Please see the AIMT-SAR Position Qualification document for details.