Assistant fire chief named to national board

Lynnwood Fire Department’s Asst. Chief Tod Gates has named the 1st vice board president to the newly-formed national All-Hazards Incident Management Teams Association.

The group will provide leadership and education to Incident Management Teams throughout the country. It’s the first of its kind and will set the national standards for training and education.

“We have seen the critical difference and success that effective incident management will make in the face of major and catastrophic incidents,” said Steve Grainer, the association’s president.

When communities are faced with disasters like wildfires, blizzards and tornadoes, the All-Hazards Incident Management Teams often are the first called in to bring order to the chaos. Nationwide, there are 128 such teams.

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