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Emergency Incident Management – History, Purpose, Current Practice

Fernando Herrera, Deputy Chief – Houston Fire Department

This talk will  discuss the methods currently used by responders to maintain control and communications at incidents deemed an emergency by those needing assistance. We will begin by identifying the need and history of incident management. Next, we will explain the incident command structure used by emergency responders, and the National Incident Management system and what private and public institutions can expect should an event occur at their location.


Chief Herrera has thirty three years of experience as an emergency responder. He specializes in managing larger, complex incidents; including large fires, hurricane preparedness and response, major sporting event preparedness, and natural and manmade disasters. He also teaches Incident Management -- internally as well as to outside agencies. Chief Herrera continues to respond to complex emergencies and covers approximately 320 square miles (or half) of Houston. His training includes Emergency Medical Technician, National Fire Academy -- Incident Management System, Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Management – Biological, Nuclear, Radiological, Incendiary, Chemical, and Explosives, Texas Engineering Extension Service, Hazardous Materials Responder Operations, National Fire Academy, Command & General Staff Functions for Incident Command Systems, Center for Domestic Preparedness, WMD Incident Command.