Friday, February 3, 2017

The Blue Cell Intel Vol. 4 Issue 1


         The All-Hazard Incident Complexity Analysis Tool created by The Blue Cell, LLC is the culmination and collaboration of a number of doctrines to include, but are not limited to, wildland fire complexity, the concepts of managing and prioritizing objectives (life safety, incident stabilization and property conservation) and the advanced concepts found in both Department of Homeland Security (DHS) course of MGT-315, Threat and Risk Assessment for Local Jurisdiction and the Department of Defense (DOD) doctrine of criticality, accessibility, recuperability, vulnerability, effect, and recognizability, otherwise known as C.A.R.V.E.R. This acronym is used throughout the targeting and mission planning cycle to assess mission validity and requirements.

The primary factors on this tool are ones found in the current Incident Command System training 300 level, expanding incidents, national curriculum. In unit four, nine factors that contribute to an incident becoming more complex are identified. Additional sub factors were added under the primaries. Items frequent on many types of incidents. Several sub factors for aviation resource usage, non ICS form product development and terrorism were also added.

With that said, the use of the Complexity Analysis Tool is still more art than science. The tool is influenced by individual input. The matrix weights life safety factors, heavier than incident stabilization, which in turn are weighted heavier than property conservation. The formulas are then designed to offer a suggestion or a possible solution. The red X , which moves based on percentage, moves from one category to another at the bottom of the tool and indicates the increasing and decreasing in complexity.

       These are suggestions and does not necessarily mean you need to order an entire team. This is where the analysis comes into play, leading to a conclusion and a decision.                  
       The tool encourages the current incident managers to more thoroughly examine specific deficiencies and determine whether position specific orders of a higher qualification are needed based on the line item in the matrix. In the event the form is being completed manually, five or more boxes checked would indicate the complexity increasing from the  perceived current level. The weights for each factor were intentional hidden so as to support and reinforce objectivity for the user of the tool.

        Created in 2010, this tool has been used unchanged and has been run on over 100 incidents in real time and, in some cases, after the fact. It has also been used in simulations and distributed on thousands of classroom disks by The Blue Cell, LLC and The Blue Cell Companies. The tool has been custom branded for multiple agencies at the State and Local levels and is under consideration for inclusion in the current re-write of the FEMA L-962, Planning Section Chief position specific course.

Here is a link to the tool on The Blue Cell website where it is branded under our new F.A.S.T. product line. It is free to download.



Sunday, June 2, 2013

The BLue Cell Intel Summary Vol.3 Issue 6

The concepts of ordering, validating, accounting for and tracking resources is a challenge nationwide. Several initiatives are now underway Nationally to address this in the incident and emergency response community. The Blue Cell internally has four projects in development to meet the needs of its customers and is collaborating with one of the leading firms in the field, Salamander Technologies.

Here is an article for HS Today Magazine on changes coming in the HSPD 12 conversation.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol 3. Issue 5

The link to article below is from the New England Journal of Medicine and is on the topic of Mass Casualty Preparation. It was so well done I thought it was worth reposting in the Blue Cell Intelligence Summary for the month of May.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol. 3 Issue 4

The success and expansion of The Blue Cell, LLC has been meteoric and beyond anything our initial business planning had envisioned.

After a significant 1st quarter 2013 sprint, we are catching our breath and continuing to delivery quality training, exercise, consulting, deployment and technical services. However, our drive and innovation presses on.

We have five new major product and service subsets under development in the areas of distance learning, field grade products, advanced exercise solutions, international services and a new web interface, designed to connect homeland security, emergency management and frontline responders in ways not available previously.

Look for these new initiatives beginning in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of 2013.

Todd Manns, Owner
The Blue Cell, LLC and Command School TTX

Monday, April 1, 2013

The Blue Cell Intel Summary Vol.3 Issue 3 (repost)

The end of February I attended the Colorado Emergency Management Association Conference this week as a representative for The Blue Cell, LLC. This conference not only proved to be a great learning experience and a wonderful opportunity to meet key players in the field of emergency management here in Colorado but also helped me identify areas where the Blue Cell can be effective in helping organizations to mitigate their challenges and meet their goals. Some topics covered at the conference included; an Incident Roundtable covering the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, Cultural and Historic Issues during Disasters, a discussion on the Colorado Information Analysis Center and how emergency managers partner with the fusion center, a presentation by the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab, Lessons Learned and Recovery Collaboration from last year's devastating fire season, and a presentation on how one Colorado County uses their EOC Exercise Plan to empower and educate others.
Some resounding similarities I discovered in each of these presentations are the importance of multi-organization coordination, leadership, team building, exercising before an incident occurs, synchronizing efforts and plans, sharing information, needing the right tools to successfully respond to an incident, and that frequently one hazard will become a multi hazard event.
The first step in improving your organization's ability to successfully prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies is to determine areas that need improvement and then identify the appropriate means of making those improvements. 
The Blue Cell, LLC
Ashley Cox, Acquisitions Lead
800-866-0840 Ext 3