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SAFENET Event Information
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Event Start Date:
08/16/2016 1500
Event Stop Date:
Incident Name:
Fire Number:
Local Unit:
Kern River Raner District
Incident Type:
Incident Activity:
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack, Extended Attack, Transfer of Command, Mop Up
Position Title:
Fire Management Officer  
Air Operations 
Management Level:
Resources Involved:
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications, Human Factors
Human Factors:
Decision Making, Leadership, Performance, Situational Awareness  
Other Factors:
Describe in detail what happened including the concern or potential issue, the environment (weather, terrain, fire behavior, etc), and the resulting health issue.
This is not the first time it's been an issue, or the first time it has been reported to his first and second line supervisor.

A fire manager was assigned to the Cedar Fire as Air Operations and later Air Ops trainee, while insisting he was tied to and maintain daily responsibility on his local unit. He still insisted certain communication go through him instead of assigning an acting. He was not committed to the incident here required by air ops and was probably causing issues on his home unit as well by giving half of his attention to each.

This is a major safety concern. Positions such as this on a type one incident require a commitment by those acting in these positions. Especially if they are acting in a trainee role.

I would imagine it also causes a safety concern based on the communication he was or was not giving to his regular employees.

If an accident occurred while he was providing this sort of leadership, on the Cedar Fire or on a new start on his district, it would no doubt come out and be a contributing factor during the investigation. I am filing this safe net in hopes to prevent such an occurrence. It has been shared with me that this is not a new issue regarding this fire manager and I am curious why it is still occurring.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
It has been discussed with him and reported to his Ranger and FMO.

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