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The InterAgency Board. Improving all-hazards response for all disciplines April 30, 2014. IAB Speakers. Gregory Noll – State & Local Co-chair, IAB Training & Exercise SubGroup Program Manager, South Central (PA) Regional Task Force

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the interagency board

The InterAgency Board

Improving all-hazards response for all disciplines

April 30, 2014

iab speakers
IAB Speakers
  • Gregory Noll – State & Local Co-chair, IAB Training & Exercise SubGroup
    • Program Manager, South Central (PA) Regional Task Force
    • Chair – NFPA Technical Committee on HazMat / WMD Emergency Response
  • Wayne Yoder – Past Federal Co-chair, IAB Training & Exercise SubGroup
    • Chair, USFA / NFA Hazardous Materials Program
what is the iab
What is the IAB?
  • Multi-disciplinary volunteer working group of emergency preparedness and response practitioners.
  • Trusted, authoritative, representative, and valid repository of operational knowledge, technical expertise, and “feet on the street” field perspective.
  • A unified voice for the responder community.
where did it come from
Where did it come from?
  • Sanctioned in 1998 by the U.S. Attorney General as a resource for federal, state, and local levels of government.
  • Founded by the Department of Defense and the Department of Justice FBI WMD Countermeasures Unit.
  • Evolved from WMD focus to “all-hazards” incident response, with a continuing special emphasis on CBRNE issues.
the iab mission
“To strengthen the nation’s ability to prepare for and respond safely and effectively to emergencies, disasters, and CBRNE incidents.

The IAB will accomplish this by:

Emphasizing interoperability, compatibility, and standardization

Fostering a multi-disciplinary perspective

Facilitating effective intergovernmental partnerships

Being a credible voice of the responder community

Being proactive

Sharing field operational experiences and practices”

The IAB Mission
iab membership
125+ Members, 60+ Subject Matter Experts


30 states

Local, State, and Federal agencies

Federal research facilities, responder associations, and standards development organizations

Disciplines and Expertise Includes:

Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Medical/Health, Emergency Management, Military, Emergency Communications, Agriculture, Public Works, etc.

IAB Membership
iab demographics responder disciplines
IAB Demographics: Responder Disciplines

*Other includes: Incident Management and Veterinary

iab demographics areas of expertise
IAB Demographics: Areas of Expertise

*Others include: Communications, Search & Rescue, Tactical Operations, Structural Collapse Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care, Criminal Investigations, Clandestine Laboratory Response, Nuclear Materials, Public Health, and Force Protection

iab committees subgroups
IAB Committees & SubGroups
  • Chair & Deputy Chairs are state/local representatives
  • Each SubGroup chaired by a federal and state/local representative
training exercise subgroup
Training & Exercise SubGroup
  • Mission: Improve responder performance by conducting a cross-disciplinary review of, and providing end user input on, training and exercise doctrine, standards, and guidance developed specifically for the responder community.
  • Roles: Serve as an advocate for emergency preparedness community to identify needs or requirements related to ESF’s that could be addressed through T&E initiatives.
  • Advocate for standardized national guidance of responder and equipment T&E programs.
training exercise subgroup1
Training & Exercise SubGroup
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to provide end-user guidance and operational lessons learned to support T&E program development and improvements.
  • Facilitate implementing T&E programs and standards that support the development of individual competencies and organizational capabilities.
training exercise membership
Training & Exercise Membership

Members & SME’s

  • Fire / Hazmat / Rescue
  • Law Enforcement / IACP
  • EMS
  • EMA (State & Local)
  • Public Health
  • FBI – Tech Hazards
  • DOD / NGB
  • USCG
2013 training exercise initiatives
2013 Training & Exercise Initiatives
  • Developing training requirements to support AEL / SEL – Core, Initial & Sustainment training
  • Modeling and Simulation Selection Tool
  • Bio-Sampling Training Gap Analyses
  • Input on DHS S&T First Responder Simulation Tool
  • Input to NGB CBRN Response Enterprise on HRF T&E
2014 training exercise initiatives
2014 Training & Exercise Initiatives
  • Operation Jack Rabbit training and lessons learned support materials
  • Training Triggers Project – process and trigger points by which incident / exercise lessons learned can be leveraged to identify gaps
  • Continued refinement of the modeling, simulations and simulators e-tool.
  • Broaden the reach of the FEMA Joint Counter Terrorism Awareness Workshop (JCTAWS) series.
the federal agency coordinating committee facc
The Federal Agency Coordinating Committee (FACC)
  • Interface between the IAB and the sponsoring Federal government agencies.
  • Coordinates the interests and initiatives of the federal and first response communities.
  • Provides funding support for the IAB to operate.
facc members
FACC Members
  • Department of Defense
    • JPEO for Chemical and Biological Defense
    • JPEO for Chemical and Biological Defense, Joint Project Manager Guardian
    • Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security
    • FEMA CBRNE Office
    • FEMA, Grant Programs Directorate
    • FEMA, National Preparedness Directorate
    • National Programs and Protection Directorate, Office of Infrastructure Protection
facc members cont
FACC Members cont.
  • Department of Homeland Security (cont.)
    • Office of Health Affairs, BioWatch Program
    • S&T Directorate, Acquisition Support and Operations Analysis Group, Office of Standards
    • S&T Directorate, Support to the Homeland Security Enterprise and First Responders Group
  • Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory
standardized equipment list sel
Standardized Equipment List (SEL)
  • A generic, minimum list of equipment and supplies recommended by the IAB to local, tribal, state, and federal government organizations preparing for and responding to major all-hazards incidents
  • Available on interactive CD-ROM and online at
  • Revised continuously, published annually
what makes the sel unique
What makes the SEL unique?
  • No specific products or manufacturers
  • Nationally vetted and established guideline
  • Practical guidance, including desirable features, operating considerations, and training requirements
  • Validated and continuously updated by responders from multiple disciplines
  • Aligned with the Authorized Equipment List (AEL) published by DHS FEMA GPD
ael versus sel mission
AEL versus. SEL: Mission


  • Owned by FEMA GPD
  • Used as guideline for determining allowability on major grant programs
  • Shares numbering system with SEL to facilitate cross-referencing on common items


  • Owned by IAB
  • Recommendations for types of equipment needed for response to WMD or major all-hazards incident, whether allowable under grants or not
ael versus sel content
AEL versus. SEL: Content


  • Item Number
  • Title
  • Description

Approximately 80% congruent


  • Item Number
  • Title
  • Description
  • Desirable Features
  • Operating Considerations
  • Applicable Standards
  • Training Requirements
  • Mission-Specific Sublists
  • RKB Example Products
where can i find the sel
Where can I find the SEL?
  • Ready Navy website:
  • Request CD-ROM/USB Thumb Drive by mail
  • Download complete PDF or specific section(s)
  • Use online interactive version, which includes new Mission-Specific Sublists (Master Copy, latest updates)
recent accomplishments
Recent Accomplishments
  • Published FY13 Annual Report, 2013 Standardized Equipment List (SEL), 2013 Research & Development Priority List, and 2013 Standard Development Priority List
  • Produced several white papers on pertinent first responder issues –
    • Cyberspace Security Continuum
    • Top Homeland Security Issues: IAB’s National Priorities for the Next Four Years
    • Emergency Services Sector Portal Review
  • Participated in the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment survey
recent accomplishments1
Recent Accomplishments
  • Completed phase one of the IAB Modeling, Simulations, and Simulations E-Tool
  • Participated in Project Responder 4
  • Launched IAB working group to draft Unified Response National Operating Protocols for WMD Response Operations and co-hosted meeting with Joint Task Force – Civil Support in Norfolk, VA.
  • Completed the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Handheld Biodetection First Responder survey
  • Contributed in the Stakeholder Panel on Agent Detection Assays (SPADA)
recent accomplishments2
Recent Accomplishments
  • Participated in interviews with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and CBRNe World Magazine for articles in their publications
  • Attended the Exercise Plato V in London, England with IAB partner, the London Fire Brigade
iab contact information
IAB Contact Information


IAB Program

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