The Southwest Incident Management Team (SWIMT) is a multi-agency team that was formed in 2008 to support the management of complex all-hazard situations in Southwest Colorado and the surrounding areas. Our team currently has 32 active team members that represent a broad spectrum of disciplines and come from agencies across the region.
Since 2008, the team has managed numerous incidents and pre-planned events and utilizes these opportunities for training, team building, and recruiting new members.
The SWIMT is the fifth Type III incident management team certified by the State of Colorado – the other four teams are all located in the northern half of the state and along the Front Range. The team has the support of the State of Colorado, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the other Colorado Type III teams, and the counties and tribes of Southwest Colorado.
The SWIMT exists as a resource to the region and can be requested if an agency’s resources are overwhelmed by an incident. Depending on the incident’s needs, the full team may be utilized, or just a specialty area of the team, such as the planning, logistics, public information or just specific positions. The team or even a member or two can assist or advise the jurisdiction with incident management, organization, and available support.
Our team prides itself in providing for incident safety, operational coordination, support, and fiscal accountability in an expedient manner. To this end, the team adheres to the standards of the National Incident Management System and Colorado’s All-Hazard Credentialing System. The team also accepts all National Wildland Fire Coordinating Group (NWCG) credentials. To maintain our skills, the team performs exercises at least four times a year with simulations and other complex training.