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SAFENET ID:
20170509-0001
Event Start Date:
05/04/2017 1830
Event Stop Date:
05/05/2017 1200 
Incident Name:
Altos Fire
Fire Number:
PDK0AR 
State:
New Mexico
Jurisdiction:
BLM
Local Unit:
Las Cruces BLM
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack
Position Title:
Assistant Fire Management Officer 
Task:
Incident Commander Type 4 
Management Level:
4
Resources Involved:
T3 Forest Service engine, 2 T6 VFD engines, 1 VFD water tender and misc VDF's 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications
Human Factors:
 
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.
On 5/4/17 I went to the Altos fire up by Pinos Altos. I could talk to Silver City Dispatch on my mobile radio but couldn’t reach them on my handheld radio on Signal Peak repeater(group 7, tone 2). Later that evening I switched my handheld radio to Group 8 and was able to talk to dispatch. Dispatch said I was a little scratchy but readable. I have been in the same area multiple times and have never had handheld radio issues before, always been able to talk to dispatch from my handheld radio. Engine A was on the fire as well and were unable to communicate with Silver City Dispatch using their handheld radios. Handheld radio communications has been a issue ever since we went to a new system back in August of 2016 I believe.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
Used vehicle mobile radio and cell phone for communications to Silver City Dispatch.


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