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TERT DEFINITIONS

1.         Who can join IL-TERT?

2.         What is the structure of IL-TERT?

3.         What financial commitments are expected of member agencies?

4.         What personnel commitments are expected of member agencies?

5.         What are the requirements for a Telecommunicator to participate in the program?

6.         What are the training requirements for Telecommunicators who participate in the taskforce?

7.         Are participants from my agency required to respond if a deployment is called?

8.         What sort of supervision will be provided during a deployment?

9.         How will reimbursement be handled for a deployment?

10.       What sort of liability protection is afforded to my agency and my employees while participating in the program?

11.       How will team members be transported to the deployment site?

12.       Will team members be credentialed?

 

1.         Who can join IL-TERT?

Full membership with voting privileges in IL-TERT is restricted to governmental agencies operating a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).  Each member agency shall have one vote.

Non-voting associate membership is open to any individual employed by a governmental public safety agency (such as an ETSB or EMA) with an interest in being associated with the TERT program.

If your Department or 9-1-1 Agency is interested in joining IL-TERT please contact the State Coordinator Brian Tegtmeyer for a membership packet.

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2. What is the structure of IL-TERT?

IL-TERT relies on PSAPs entering into a standardized Intergovernmental Agreement with other participating agencies.  Agencies wishing to participate must use the Agreement as drafted.  Changes to the Agreement will not be permitted.

In addition, a set of Bylaws has been drafted which can be modified from time to time depending on the wishes and needs of the members.

The organization has a Board of Directors consisting of three elected statewide officers -- a President, Vice President and a Secretary - Treasurer, and eight Regional Directors (one from each of the eight IEMA regions). 

The Board has appointed an unpaid State Coordinator to manage day-to-day operations of the organization and to manage training activities and deployments.

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3. What financial commitments are expected of member agencies?

At the present time participating agencies are not expected to contribute financially to the program.  ILEAS has obtained grant funding to support the initial costs of planning, training, equipment, overtime and backfill.

In the future, without grant funding, member agencies will be expected to support training of its own employees assigned to the program.  In case of deployments that are not eligible for state of federal reimbursement, a participating agency would be expected to cover normal salary and benefits of its employees who are assigned to the deployment.  This requirement is similar to any other mutual aid agreement a public safety agency enters into.

Dues are not contemplated at this point, and should they become necessary in the future, every effort will be made to keep dues at very modest levels since administrative expenses will be relatively low.

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4. What personnel commitments are expected of member agencies?

It is expected that a member agency would be willing to assign at least one of its Telecommunicators to the program although such assignment is not a requirement for membership.

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5. What are the requirements for a Telecommunicator to participate in the program?

Selection criteria will be left largely to the discretion of the member agency with the expectation that telecommunicators who are selected will have superior skill levels; will be able to work as a solid team player and will be able to work in environmentally adverse conditions.

The following is a list of requirements as set by the national standards that have been adopted by the IL-TERT Board:

For more details please see the TERT Position Descriptions <click here>

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6. What are the training requirements for Telecommunicators who participate in the taskforce?

 

IL-TERT members will need to have NIMS certification IS-100, IS-200 and IS-700

IL-TERT members will need to complete the TERT Awareness Training. This class available online.

IL TERT members will have to complete an Field Communications Course. This course will provide specific expectations of deployments, including deploying intoa field setting and the use of the Illinois Unified Command Vehicles and the ITEC's trailers.

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7. Are participants from my agency required to respond if a deployment is called?

No.  Participation in any deployment is completely voluntary.  It is recognized that staffing demands may prevent participation in any given deployment or training exercise.

It is also understood that you may recall any of your personnel who have been deployed for any reason you deem appropriate.

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8. What sort of supervision will be provided during a deployment?

Each deployment will have one or more Team Leaders who will exercise supervisory authority over the team members and who will interface with the Incident Command structure.

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9. How will reimbursement be handled for a deployment?

In situations where a state emergency has been declared, reimbursement will be handled in the same manner as for law enforcement or fire responders.

An out-of-state deployment will be conducted only under terms of an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) deployment which would also qualify for reimbursement.

If a deployment is made in-state without a state declaration, more along the lines of a typical mutual aid response, each responding agency would be responsible for its own expenses without the expectation of reimbursement.

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10. What sort of liability protection is afforded to my agency and my employees while participating in the program?

Member agencies will be required to demonstrate proof of insurance coverage for comprehensive liability, contractual liability, personal injury, property damage, workers' compensation and, if applicable, emergency medical services professional liability; or in the alternative proof of self-insurance.

In addition, each participating agency will be covered by the Indemnification  provision (Section IX) of the Intergovernmental Agreement.

Notwithstanding the above provisions, it is common knowledge that any governmental agency can be sued at any time in any particular situation.  Unfortunately, IL-TERT can offer no additional protection that you might otherwise have available in your day-to-day operations.

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11. How will team members be transported to the deployment site?

Every deployment or exercise situation will be unique, and transportation will be arranged by the State Coordinator on a case by case basis.  In each case care will be taken to insure the safety of responding personnel and secondarily to minimize cost, although in some cases it may be necessary for team members to respond in their own personal vehicles (individually or pooled).

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12. Will team members be credentialed?

Yes.  Actually credentialing has two separate meanings.

First, the federal NIMS program is undertaking a national credentialing program that will recognize certain first responders.  Efforts are underway to have Telecommunicators who are certified TERT team members to be included in the NIMS program and also be certified to respond to out-of-state events under the EMAC compact.

In addition, the affiliation of IL-TERT with ILEAS will provide team members with physical credentials (such as badges) that will permit certified team members to access a disaster scene.

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