IAFC Go Teams Program Expands: 23 New Members Provide Additional Response Capability

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has officially completed the expansion of the Go Teams, a response group created and administered by the IAFC Emergency Management Committee. Following a selection and training process, IAFC initiated an additional 23 IAFC members to join the ranks of current two-member teams in every FEMA region, doubling the number of responders available to aid communities in need.

Go Team members are on call to assist any local, state or federal authority that is dealing with a disaster. They are ready to assist with all services, including command and general staff, resource management, incident action plans, and documentation. The program receives financial assistance from the National Integration Center, a department within FEMA.

The new members of the team are

  • Charles Foley, Jr., Randolph, Mass.
  • Thomas Bogart, Lynnfield, Mass.
  • Jeff Liebold, Arlington, Va
  • Joseph Theobald, Ocean City, Md.
  • Barry Baker, Ocala, Fla.
  • Leeanna Mims, Seminole County, Fla.
  • Timothy Sparrow, Clearwater, Fla.
  • Patrick Kendrick, Tamarac, Fla.
  • John McNeil, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Bill Lewis, Atlanta, Ga.
  • Derek Bergsten, Rockford, Ill.
  • Matthew Knott, Rockford, Ill.
  • Christopher Truty, Mount Prospect, Ill.
  • David Whiting, Columbus, Ohio
  • Sean Hughes, N. Richland Hills, Tex.
  • William Bell, Richland Hills, Tex.
  • James Mason, Siloam Springs, Alaska
  • Mark Stenger, O’Fallon, Mo.
  • Robert Wylie, Cottleville, Mo.
  • Donald Harper, Prairie Village, Kan.
  • Brian Giachino, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Jerry Rhodes, Cunningham Fire District, Colo.
  • Frank Cardinale, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Jim Walkowski, Centralia, Wash.

The new members completed a weeklong training program in April, which included classroom work and presentations on a myriad of topics related to disaster response. They Return to the June 1 issue of On Scene The IAFC represents the leadership of firefighters and emergency responders worldwide; our members are the world’s leading experts in firefighting, emergency medical services, terrorism response, hazardous materials spills, natural disasters, search and rescue, and public safety policy. Since 1873, the IAFC has provided a forum for fire and emergency service leaders to exchange ideas, develop professionally and uncover the latest products and services available to first responders. reviewed the primary positions and task assignments within the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System.

Additionally, they received special training on the state and national Incident Management Team program and the state Incident Support Team programs. The training also included a special segment on the National Grid System and a review of the anticipated activities for activation, based on scenarios from several recently declared federal disasters and previous Go Team activations.

To request assistance from the Go Team, call toll-free at 1-888-840-6884. If you have questions or want more information, visit the IAFC’s Mutual Aid Web page or contact Bill Bullock at 703-537-4849 or bbullock@iafc.org.

IAFC Members Step Up For National Response

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) has officially announced the initiation of the “Go Teams”, a group of responders on call to assist any local, state, or federal authority that is dealing with a disaster. The members are ready to assist with all services, including command and general staff, resource management, incident action plans, and documentation. The teams are comprised of two representatives for each Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Region.

The program was created and is administered by the IAFC’s Emergency Management Committee and receives financial assistance from the National Integration Center, a department within FEMA.

The members of the team are:

FEMA Region I: Mike O’Neal of Burlington, VT and Paul Buckley of Needham, MA
FEMA Region II: Robert Warren of Cranston, RI and Robert Edwards of Bloomberg, PA
FEMA Region III Scott Liebold of Newport News, VA and Greg Bunch of Fairfax, VA
FEMA Region IV Dennis Wolf of Germantown, TN and Frank Brocato of Hoover, AL
FEMA Region V: Bruce Harrison of Dekalb, IL and Terry Lapinski of Bridgeview, IL
FEMA Region VI: Earl Valois of New Orleans, LA and Marty Delaune of New Iberia, LA
FEMA Region VII: Mike Mario of West Overland, MO and Randy Saunders of O’Fallon, MO
FEMA Region VIII: Dan Qualman of Denver, CO and Don Taylor of Salida, CO
FEMA Region IX: Brian Sturdivant of Scottsdale, AZ and Jon Torchia of San Diego County, CA
FEMA Region X: Kirk Hale of Tualatin Valley, OR and Mike Chapman of Haley, ID

Go Team members completed a week-long training program in May which included classroom work and presentations on a myriad of topics related to disaster response. The members reviewed the primary positions and task assignments within the National Response Framework and the National Incident Management System. They also received special training on the state and national Incident Management Team (IMT) program and the state Incident Support Team (IST) programs. The training also included a special segment on the National Grid System and a review of the anticipated activities for activation, based on scenarios from several recently declared federal disasters.

To request assistance from the Go Team, call toll-free at 1-888-840-6884. If you have questions or need additional information, visit the IAFC mutual aid Web site at www.iafc.org/mutualaid or contact Bill Bullock, IAFC National Programs staff at 703-537-4849 or bbullock@iafc.org.