| Myself, as ICT4, and crew of 3 were hiking into fire within Dolly Sods Wilderness. 1/3 of the way to the fire I was contacted by Dispatch @ 1110 that Dispatch was going to be "closed" from 1130-1230. I asked if the radio console was going to be staffed during this time and I was informed that it was not. |
Being on a active fire event, I was extremely concerned that we were not going to have radio communications within the wilderness area that we were hiking into. I informed Dispatch that this was not acceptable and requested a solution. I was prepared to turn the crew around and hike out if a solution was not found.
At this time, I was informed by one of my crew, that this same situation occurred last week, prior to my assuming command of this incident.
It took 16 minutes for Dispatch to contact me back with a working solution. This led me to conclude that there was not a contingency plan developed for this "shut down" of Dispatch.