Major Incident Response Team

Executive Board Chairman
Paul T. (Tim) Dickinson
Towamencin Township

Joseph Lawrence
Plymouth Township

1st Vice President
Thomas Nolan
Upper Merion Police Department

2nd Vice President
William Daly
Horsham Township

3rd Vice President
Michael Foltz
Lower Pottsgrove

Barton Bucher
Collegeville Borough

Peter C. Hasson
Lower Moreland Township
Board Members
Scott Bendig (2nd Year)

Montgomery Township

Ralph W. (Lee) Benson III (1st Year)

Upper Dublin Township

Retired Advisor Members
Joseph C. Stemple
Whitpain Township (Ret.)

 John P Scholly
Lower Gwynedd Twp. (Ret.)

Sean Cullen, Esq.

The Major Incident Response Team (otherwise referred to as M.I.R.T.) provides staffing and logistical support, upon request, to meet the immediate requirements of an emergency situation when the resources of the requesting police department are not sufficient to cope with the emergency situation. M.I.R.T. offers uniformity, manpower, specialized training, and experience. It is available to all county law enforcement agencies through the Police Chiefs Association's Mutual Aid Plan. M.I.R.T. can be applied in the following situations:

  • Pre-Planned Event Response (Dignitary Visits and Major Events)
    • Traffic, Crowd, and Perimeter Control
    • Site Security
    • Uniformed Presence
    • Immediate Disturbance Response
  • Disaster/Crime Scene Security
    • Long-term Securement of Scenes
    • Large-scale Securement of Scenes
    • Immediate Aid to Displaced Residents
  • Crowd Control
  • Riot Control
  • Homeland Security Emergencies

Specialized Training of M.I.R.T. Officers: 

  • Constitutional Requirements
  • Crowd Control
  • Riot Control
  • Rescue and Arrest Technique
  • W.M.D. Operations
  • Level "C" Operations
  • Railroad Emergency Operations
  • Lifestyle Management
  • ​Bike Response Team
  • Field Force Extrication
  • ​Chemical, Ordinance, Biological and Radiological Training

Notable M.I.R.T. Incidents and Planned Events: 

  • President Obama Visit, 2008
  • Senator McCain Visit, 2008
  • ​World Series, 2008
  • ​Papal Visit, 2015
  • ​Presidential Candidates 2016