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SAFENET ID:
20161207-0001
Event Start Date:
11/07/2016 1200
Event Stop Date:
 
Incident Name:
Woodland Fire
Fire Number:
P8KS7517 
State:
Kentucky
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Cumberland
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack, Extended Attack, Mop Up, Non-incident
Position Title:
Firefighter 
Task:
Line Construction And Mop-Up, patrol  
Management Level:
3
Resources Involved:
Crews and overhead 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications, Equipment
Human Factors:
Decision Making, Leadership, Performance  
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.
During the Woodland fire and for several days after the districts radio system was unreliable and almost useless most of the time. Multiple times throughout the assignment we could not communicate consistently with dispatch and other resources. Even when we could see the repeater we had trouble hearing dispatch or they couldn't hear us. Occasionally it worked correctly but it was consistently bad. We tried multiple radios all over the district trying to determine if it was our radios or the repeater system that had the issue, no matter which radio we used we still had problems.
The district personnel have become use to the system not working and deal with they best they can. They brief incoming resources on the lack of reliable radio coverage and how it impacts LCES, and the need for human repeaters to be in areas with good cell service. It appears that no one takes the district's concerns seriously about the radio system which puts them and incoming resources at risk.
Working all over the country and for multiple agencies, I have never encountered a radio system that is as unreliable and unsafe as the one on the Cumberland Ranger District.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
All personnel were briefed on the problems and made aware of the risk. If using human repeaters are used try to have good cell coverage to mitigate the problem. Basically don't rely on the radios if you need help.


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