The Coast Guard formally established the Incident Management Assistance Team during a ceremony held at Base Portsmouth Thursday morning.
The IMAT is the first full-time, national incident management team comprised of 41 active and reserve military and civilian personnel.
The IMAT supports the operational commander in complex incident crisis management for all-hazard, all-threat incidents and events. The team is a rapidly deployable, scalable resource that addresses capability gaps within an incident management organization wherever required.
Members of the unit will also assist as Incident Command System instructors and participate in national and regional large-scale exercises.
The team is co-located with the Coast Guard Facilities Design and Construction Center in Norfolk and reports to the Atlantic Area command in Portsmouth.