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SAFENET ID:
20160828-0001
Event Start Date:
08/26/2016 0945
Event Stop Date:
08/26/2016 1200 
Incident Name:
Tie Fire
Fire Number:
ID-CTF-003181 
State:
Idaho
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
CTF
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Support
Stage of Incident:
Transfer of Command
Position Title:
SOF2 (t) 
Task:
Safety Officer 
Management Level:
2
Resources Involved:
COML 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications, Other
Human Factors:
 
Other Factors:
packaging of equipment 
Narrative
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
A mission was requested to install a portable repeater for the Fire. While Briefing the Communications Technician, it was decided to load the box with the repeater batteries/Antennae in the left side of the squirrel cheek. The com tech advised that he had loaded boxes like that before.
After the helicopter landed at the pre- determined repeater site, the com tech opened the box (Fiberglass NIFC box). Upon opening the box the com tech smelled smoke and saw the remains of a burned envelope that was in the box. He also noted that the antennae in the box was still warm to the touch. It appeared that one of the VHF ground plane antenna laterals had contacted the battery terminals causing a short that heated the metal antenna and burned the envelope. This happened after loading and possibly during the flight to the repeater site. The com tech had checked the contents of the box the night before and everything seemed in order.
The electrical short drained the battery, so another flight was made to replace the drained battery with a full one.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
No other missions have been flown for portable repeaters since.


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