Task Force Leaders' Course M3 U3 - Midwest Search & Rescue, Inc.
TASK FORCE MANAGEMENT Unit 7: Task Force Demobilization & After Action Considerations Unit Goal Upon completion of this unit, participants will be able to describe the task force demobilization process and after action activities. Unit Objectives
Discuss demobilization considerations and responsibilities. Review the After-Action process including on scene debriefing and formal after action reporting. Discuss the needs for personnel and equipment rehabilitation. DEMOBILIZATION PROCESS
Demobilization TF begins to demobilize when directed by the IC/IMT but demobilization planning should begin before that Actual demobilization occurs when: Assigned objectives have been met Task force is being reassigned or Task force rotates out and is replaced by another TF Demobilization Meeting
Who attends? At least 2 from the TF Come prepared and take notes Clarify the demobilization process - Identify when and how the task force will leave the incident Identify those tasks that need to be accomplished prior to leaving the incident Discuss personnel and equipment rehab needs
ICS 221 may be used by IC/IMT Demobilization Timeline Demobilization planning ensures effectiveness and efficiency May brief the entire task force or just managers/squad officers Maintain communications with the Sponsoring
and Participating Agencies Plans & Logistics Managers can coordinate the process Demobilization Considerations Remaining mission assignments Dismantle the BoO and police the area Notify the Food Unit (or Logistics) of your last meal Ensure drivers are rested Prepare vehicles and equipment for departure Finalize travel plans (routes, stops, etc.) Dont forget to plan the trip home
Conduct a Phase I debriefing (Hot-wash) Demobilization Considerations (cont) Return or retrieve any loaned items Equipment/Supplies Radios, cell phones, etc. Complete and submit required reports and documentation Coordinate with the Incident Planning Section Lost or damaged equipment reports
Inspect facilities that were used by the TF Consider the need for Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Tailboard Briefing Be Brief and Be Positive Hot Wash Phase I Debriefing Hot-wash
TFL usually facilitates the debriefing Review all task force operations Consider: Challenges Key Actions Significant Impediments Lessons Learned After-Action Debriefing Forms or Checklist
Homecoming Considerations Ensure the Sponsoring and Participating Agencies are aware of demobilization timelines Welcome families, media, elected officials Consider additional support needs at home Establish protocols for return home back to POD or home jurisdiction Distribute workload equipment rehab that wasnt completed on scene Consider the need for post-mission medical screening Considerations prior to assuming regular shift rotation
Phase II After-Action Debriefing Debriefing Format Initiated by the Task Force Leader or Program Manager Can be facilitated by the Plans Manager
May be performed in small groups by function prior to full task force debriefing Ground rules Positive and constructive Clearly define problems and solutions Document comments Phase II After-Action Debriefing
Review all facets of mission Mobilization Operations Demobilization Conducted shortly after return home - Should involve all TF members
Identify accomplishments and problems encountered Identify lessons learned Outline improvements for future mobilizations and operations Identify procedures that should be altered or improved Debriefing Contents Safety concerns Management and coordination issues
Information flow Among task forces Within TF - squads IC/IMT - TF Debriefing Contents (cont) Communications issues Effectiveness of planning
Logistics/Supply issues Medical issues Overall performance
Personnel evaluations ICS 225 Written After Action Reports Specific to TF or Participating Agencies Used for internal corrective actions Used for developing future training
or equipment needs Specific to State Response System To enhance future activities To improve the overall response system
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