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20161006-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
10/04/2016 1110
Event Stop Date:
10/04/2016 1215 
Incident Name:
Red Creek #5
Fire Number:
West Virginia
Local Unit:
Incident Type:
Incident Activity:
Stage of Incident:
Extended Attack
Position Title:
Incident Commander Type 4 
Patrol And Mop 
Management Level:
Resources Involved:
Engine 611 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Human Factors:
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.
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.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
I was prepared to turn crew around and hike out if solution was not found.

After waiting 16 minutes, an alternate radio operator was found at another district office between 1130-1230.

Corrective Actions


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