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SAFENET ID:
20160826-0001
Event Start Date:
08/11/2016 0800
Event Stop Date:
 
Incident Name:
Horseshoe
Fire Number:
 
State:
California
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Support
Stage of Incident:
Extended Attack
Position Title:
 
Task:
 
Management Level:
2
Resources Involved:
Dispatch, Helicopter 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications
Human Factors:
Performance  
Other Factors:
 
Narrative
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
Local Helicopter was assigned to and supporting the Horseshoe Fire, Inyo National Forest. Type-2 Team was in process of taking the fire. They had been reassigned from the Clark Fire, Inyo National Forest. A Battalion Chief over heard local Helicopter responding to a smoke check. He called IC of the Horseshoe fire who knew nothing about local helicopter responding. The Battalion Chief called into OVICC to inquire what was going on with the local helicopter. He was told by the Center Manager they were responding to a smoke check on the next District. BC asked if they went through the Horseshoe Fire to use local helicopter being they were assigned to that incident. The answer was no. BC asked if they had toned out the smoke check since we are in the middle of fire season and have three going fires on Forest. The answer was no. BC asked why they didn't tone this out as protocol and why no one else was advised. Answer was, they just didn't feel like it. End of conversation. This is the second time in a matter of a week local helicopter was told by OVICC to respond to an incident while being assigned to a going incident, without going to the incident the resource is assigned to for approval to use the aircraft. The aircraft was assigned to the Clark incident the first time. It is becoming the norm for OVICC to respond resources that are assigned to going incidents to other incidents without going through the proper chain to get approval for use of that resource.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
Questions get asked. answers are never received. There is never action taken.


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