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Community Mitigation Assistance Team

Community Mitigation Assistance Team
What Does a CMAT Do?

A Community Mitigation Assistance Team is a national interagency resource designed to help communities build sustainable local capacity for community wildfire mitigation during high-risk times before, during and after a wildfire when awareness for risk reduction and the likelihood of action is highest.  

Now Virtual

Community Mitigation Assistance Teams are now available Virtually. In addition, Mitigation Mentors are also available to work hand-in-hand with local community partnerships to further on-the-ground mitigation and build local capacity.

a national To request a virtual CMAT, please fill-in the interagency resource CMAT Request fill-in form and submit it to and/or call Jon Bruno fill-in Partner CMAT Coordinator (716) 433-6775. To request a Mitigation Mentor also contact Jon Bruno.


What Community Mitigation Assistance Teams Do

  • During incidents: CMATs work closely with Incident Management Teams, the Forest Service or other land management agencies and community residents and leaders to identify mitigation opportunities before a fire impacts the community.
  • CMATS work with local partners to identify and help them resolve mitigation challenges and build long-term mitigation efforts using best practices.
  • The team uses SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, one-on-one interviews, mentoring, best community risk reduction practices, mini-workshops, Community Wildfire Protection Plans (CWPPs), risk and fire occurrence maps, home assessments, pertinent research, demographics, their experience, and close community collaboration to help communities move mitigation forward.
  • Every assignment is different and dictated by individual community needs.
  • CMATs don’t provide wildfire prevention/messaging, produce literature/product development or perform the work of the community/ordering authority.

Local enabling conditions to consider a CMAT

  • The community is at medium to high risk of wildfire and has an identified mitigation challenge.
  • There is an existing wildfire mitigation organization/coalition including local, state, and federal land management partners.
  • Pertinent local, state, and federal partners have the capacity and desire to work closely with the team during the assignment and to implement resulting recommendations including follow-up reporting of accomplishments.
  • Scope of the project should provide a good return on investment (long and short term) to justify cost to deploy a team.
  • The ordering authority must provide a working location, internet access, and support for the CMAT during deployment. 

Ordering a CMAT

  • Any community that meets the conditions described above may request a CMAT through the local National Forest, Incident Command Team, or other federal land manager. Requests are vetted by the National CMAT Lead based on enabling conditions, need, and likelihood of success. 

Want to be a CMAT member?

  • Team members are highly proficient wildland urban interface mitigation specialists with extensive experience in community mitigation best practices and skills in analytical thinking, problem solving, wildfire behavior, collaboration, communication, and teamwork. Must be familiar with incident command.
  • Assignments are usually 7-14 days/12-14 hour days; laptops, cell phones, and personal credit cards are required (expenses are reimbursed).
  • Team members are ordered through IROC following interagency incident business management practices and are paid based on IROC status (agency employee, AD, or cooperator/partnership agreement) and reimbursed for travel and per diem per policy.
  • Team members report to the team lead who functions as the liaison with the local Forest and community.
  • If you are interested in becoming a team member fill out the application and e-mail to the CMAT Coordinator.

Assignments

Grand County (2021) Grand County Turns Troublesome Into Triumph

Lake County (2021): Aligning to Action

Santa Fe National Forest (2021): Greater Santa Fe Fireshed Coalition

Pike San Isabel National Forest (2020): Partnering to Move Mitigation Forward

Alpine Wyoming (2019): Alpine Area 

Montana Wildfires (2018): Missoula County

Spring Creek Fire (2018):  Mitigating Mountains

Dollar Ridge Fire (2018): Crossing Boundaries for Collaboration

Chetco Bar (2017): Ideas to Action  

Pisgah National Forest (2017): New Insights, New Partners

Pike San Isabel National Forest (2016):  A Blueprint for Mitigation

Bridger Teton National Forest (2016):  Moving Mitigation Forward: Opportunities for TAWPC

The Chelan Complex - Leavenworth (2015):  Executive Summary


For more information contact the National Community Wildfire Mitigation Program Manager

Jonathan Bruno
Chief Operations Officer
Phone: 719-433-6775
Website: https://co-co.org/

 

Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition and CMAT work to identify challenges and opportunities for risk reduction

 

Idea to Action IdeaBoards: Issues as a result of SWOT analysis on Chetco Bar fire

 

McDowell county mitigation partners review risk maps for next steps

 

A CMAT on the Bridger Teton National Forest

 

Missoula County partners engage with CMAT

 

 

https://www.fs.usda.gov/managing-land/fire/cmat