Mutual Aid Agreement
Mutual Aid Agreements (MAAs) are arranged prior to incidents and allow jurisdictions to work together to increase resources. These agreements are critical to the successful management of large scale incidents.
Having a MAA with neighboring cities is not adequate or sufficient. Agreements with cities from outside the region need to be in place to be effective. Make sure you go far enough out to get the resources you need.
A mutual aid agreement is only effective when it is written as a contract.
— Chris Johnson, IA
- Meet with arborists and contractors in nearby communities to understand each other’s storm response and help needed.
- Commitments from contractors during an event may be stretched and at risk. Consider more resources identified even if they seem redundant at the time.
- Understand that commitments from outside contractors or resource are going to be optimistic. During emergency incidents it may be difficult to respond to needed issues. Plan for the worst case scenario and plan how it will be addressed.
- Develop a community of professionals to be there when needed.
MAA Components/ Purpose of agreements:
- Defines type of assistance required, when needed, and the scope of work.
- Identifies chain of command for activating agreement.
- Defines communication procedures.
- Defines types of training needed and/or the type(s) of training in which participation is expected.
- Defines certifications and qualifications required.
- Defines necessary types of equipment.
- Defines the type of insurance needed and indemnification requirements.
Check the Contracts section for additional components you may wish to consider in the MAA.
— Daniel Rohe, Rohe DPS, Inc. NY
Cieslewicz, CN Utility Consulting, CA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Dockter, D., City of Palo Alto, CA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Eckert, K., Arbor Global, HI. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Heriford, B., Davey Tree Surgery Company, CA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Johnson, C., City of Davenport, IA. (2011, June 30) Storm response interview.
Macias, S., USDA Forest Service, CA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Mann, G., Mann Made Resources, CA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Mead, M., City of Seattle, WA. (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
McCabe, J., Davey Resource Group, CA (2012, May 3) Expert meeting.
Munn, T., City of Hudson, OH. (2011, June 9). Storm response interview.
Rohe, D., Rohe DPS, Inc., NY. (2011, June 10). Storm response interview.