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"Enabling more efficient and effective incident operations resulting in enhanced public and responder safety,

resource preservation and the meeting of incident objectives."

Tom Kuntz
SMIMT Incident Commander

Welcome to Southern Montana Incident Management Team (SMIMT) website.

SMIMT is an interagency group who are able, and willing, to respond to emergency incidents primarily within the Montana Department of Natural Resources’ Southern Land Office (SLO). The mission of SMIMT is to provide incident organization and support to on-scene Incident Commanders and Operations organizations with the coordination and control of complex and/or emerging incidents of an all-risk nature. All activities will be conducted with the primary objective being the safety of all personnel and the general public. SMIMT operates under Montana Law, County Fire Operations Plans, and mutual aid agreements which enable all SLO emergency responders to assist each other in emergency and non-emergency situations.

SMIMT will work in conjunction with the local jurisdiction’s command personnel and may serve as a transition group to state and or federal incident management teams. Additionally, SMIMT will provide professional, immediate impact services that enable more efficient and effective incident operations resulting in enhanced public and respondersafety, resource preservation and meeting of incident objectives. The team’s values are deeply rooted in the principles of Duty, Integrity and Respect.

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Team Operations Plan (Public Version)

Team Request

SMIMT, when requested, will assist the responsible jurisdictional agency in the management of the incident as soon as possible following call-up.  This team is designed to be a resource for escaped initial attack incidents that are expanding, and should be prepared to function for a minimum of 48 hours from time of call out.  The team may function on longer duration incidents as needed.

The team may be requested whenever multiple agencies are needed on an incident. The team’s primary response area is the DNRC SLO, though the team may be used outside their primary response area. The team can be utilized for the management of any type of emergency and may be requested whenever the local IC or the Agency Administrator (AA) deems it necessary. The may be requested to aid an Incident Commander on scene, or the team may be requested to take operational control of the incident. It is imperative that this is clarified with the AA at the time of request.

The methods for requesting IMT assistance vary by the nature of the incident. Requests for the team for wildland fire incidents should occur through the Montana Mutual Aid Process, or in the case of a county assist operated under a Cooperative Fire Agreement with the Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC) the request should come through the DNRC’s SLO Fire Program Manager. For all hazard incidents, requests for assistance may occur through Montana Mutual Aid but should be coordinated through a jurisdiction’s local Montana Disaster and Emergency Services representative as directed in the State of Montana Resource Mobilization Guide. Methods of request are detailed in Appendix A – Agency Administrator Request Guidelines.

All Hazard Incident Complexity

Incident Situation Analysis

Join Our Team!

Anyone interested in joining the IMT may apply by completing an application and submitting it to the Volunteer Coordinator. Once the application is received, it will be reviewed and any additional documentation that is required will be requested from the applicant. The team’s recruitment period for new members ends October 1 every year. New members should complete the IMT Application, Cooperating Agency Team Members should complete the Cooperating Agency MOU. For basic members, the intake process is as follows:

  • Application submitted by October 1 to RLFR Volunteer Coordinator
  • Review of application / reference checks completed
  • Interview with Team Coordinator and Volunteer Coordinator
  • Command and General Staff Approval at October CGS Meeting
  • Background Check
  • Welcome Letter from DIC
  • New member invited to next team function by Team Coordinator
  • Notification of training requirements by Team Coordinator


The intake process for qualified members of Cooperating Agencies may occur more frequently than annually at the discretion of the Team Coordinator, the process is as follows:

  • Cooperating Agency MOU Application submitted to Volunteer Coordinatorcommand Bus
  • Review of application by Volunteer Coordinator and Team Coordinator
  • Verification of MOU with Cooperating Agency by Team Coordinator
  • Command and General Staff Approval at next appropriate CGS Meeting
  • New member invited to next team function by Team Coordinator
  • Notification of team requirements by Team Coordinator


Basic Member Application

Cooperating Member Application 



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