MNICS Organization

MNICS Board of Directors

The MNICS Board of Directors meets at least once a year to set direction, solve problems and look at future issues in emergency management. Agreements and memorandums of understanding are passed to them for their signatures, allowing interagency response to incidents and prescribed burning.  Other agreements center around the operation of the Minnesota Interagency Fire Center (MIFC).

The Board of Directors consists of the following MNICS partners and their assigned representatives:

  • Olin Phillips, forestry section manager, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Brenda Halter, supervisor, Superior National Forest
  • Darla Lenz, supervisor, Chippewa National Forest
  • Kris Eide, director, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Make Ward, superintendent, Voyageurs National Park
  • Tom Remus, regional fire management officer, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Region 5 coordinator, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • A representative from NE Area State and Private Forestry

MNICS Task Force

The MNICS Task Force meets monthly to deal with day-to-day operations of MIFC and partner emergency response organizations. The group coordinates and hosts a MNICS annual meeting.  Minnesota’s incident management teams (IMTs) and training of personnel are under the guidance of the Task Force.

In addition to solving operation issues, the Task Force decides which issues may need further research and recommendations. These issues are often referred to a working team.  They also determine which issues require action by the Board of Directors.

The 2014 Task Force is comprised of the following  managers from the MNICS organizations, plus the MIFC coordinator and a public affairs representative.

  • Ron Stoffel, fire suppression supervisor, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Doug Ottosen, fire management officer, US Forest Service
  • Greg Peterson, fire management officer, Minnesota Agency, Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Scott Bressler, fire management officer, Voyageurs National Park, National Park Service
  • Russ Langford, zone fire management officer, US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Roy Holmes, northeast region program coordinator, Homeland Security and Emergency Management
  • Tom Fasteland, MIFC coordinator, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Jean Goad, information officer, MIFC

MNICS Working Teams

Working teams have a voting member from each of the partner agencies and other members as needed.  Working team members are part of an incident management team or otherwise involved in the emergency response organization.

The working teams meet yearly at the annual meeting.  Some meet throughout the year as well.  The Task Force establishes the teams and gives the teams a list of items to work on for the year.  Items such as interagency training calendars, operational procedures for IMTs, and prescribed fire policies and operations are the types of issues the working teams discuss at their meetings.

The 2014 working teams, chairs, and Task Force representatives are:

  • Air Operations: Mark Hale, chair; Ron Stoffel, Task Force representative
  • Communications:  Mike Hamilton, chair; Russ Langford, Task Force representative
  • Dispatch:  Ronda Estey, chair; Tom Fasteland, Task Force representative
  • Finance:  Kevin O’Brien, chair; Doug Ottosen, Task Force representative
  • GIS: Sherry Watson and Becky Haas, co-chairs; Roy Holmes, Task Force representative
  • Information Management:  Jean Goad, chair; Ron Stoffel, Task Force representative
  • Information Technology: Ann Sampson and Lois Fogelberg, co-chairs; Scott Bressler, Task Force representative
  • Logistics:  Mark Seger, chair; Ron Stoffel, Task Force representative
  • Operations: Kurt Fogelberg, chair; Doug Ottosen, Task Force representative
  • Prescribed Fire and Fuels:  Scott Weyenberg, chair; Greg Peterson, Task Force representative
  • Prevention:  Mike Beaulieau, chair; Jean Goad, Task Force representative
  • Training: Todd Manley, chair; Scott Bressler, Task Force representative

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