Fire Season 2012

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Since 2001, the FireCenter has worked closely with all levels of fire managers. We continue to leverage our unique position and capabilities to advance fire management effectiveness through the appropriate application of tools, technologies, and expertise to safely meet both economic and ecological goals in forest management. 2012 was one of the busiest fire seasons in our region and in the history of the FireCenter.  Our employees served as dispatchers, crew members, technical advisors and consultants, trainers, and even duty officers on local national forests.  The FireCenter contributed more than 42 weeks of personnel time helping our partners manage incidents around the United States. Seasonal highlights include:

Type 3 Incident Commander

A FireCenter employee spent two weeks as the Incident Commander on the Powell SBW East Complex Fire. The Complex encompassed thirteen fires, some burning in wilderness, and occurred on sites where the FireCenter had an ongoing technology transfer project. This fire offered an excellent opportunity to showcase the unique and multi-functioning aspects of FireCenter staff in managing fires using experience, applied research, and technology transfer.

Selway Wildland Fire Module

Two FireCenter fire specialists were detailed with the Selway Wildland Fire Module for five weeks on the Goat and Ditch Fires, filling key roles on the Module. The WFM used our staff’s qualifications including incident commander, firing boss, and field observer, to function operationally in a remote wilderness setting.  These staffers came with mobile geospatial tools and technologies that allow for advanced navigation and field data collection. One result of this partnership is the development of a directed study project where a WFM member (and UM student) is working with FireCenter employees for technological and scientific guidance.

IMT Rosters

FireCenter employees fill critical roles on incident management teams (IMT), and are often utilized because of their unique combination of skills and experience, both with technology and with operations.  In 2012, five staff members were rostered on three different IMTs, including a Type 1 IMT, a Type 3 IMT, and a Wildland Fire Management Team.