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SAFENET ID:
20170720-0001
Event Start Date:
07/08/2017 1700
Event Stop Date:
 
Incident Name:
River Ranch
Fire Number:
K4YC 
State:
Nevada
Jurisdiction:
State
Local Unit:
Elko County Fire Protection District
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack
Position Title:
Engine Boss 
Task:
Mobile Attack 
Management Level:
3
Resources Involved:
Engines 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications
Human Factors:
Risk Assessment  
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 7-8-17 Elko County had multiple IA starts due to a lighting event. Elko County Fire Protection District responded to a fire at MM 327 on I-80 and was later called River Ranch Fire. Elko County responded with E1 and E2 along with federal resources. The federal resources that were on the incident including the IC was from off district and was unfamiliar with local resources and the truck identifying system the county uses, and that it does not follow any common ICS based typing. While units were in mobile attack Division Alpha requested assistance from a Type 3 engine, he was advised that E1 and E2 was working up his division and that one was a type 6 and one was a type 3. Since the County identifiers for trucks don't follow standard ICS typing the division requested E1 believing it was a type 3, but E1 was a type 6 and E2 was a type 3. This resulted in county units being sent to wrong locations and units engaged in mobile attack was anticipating support from a type 3 and did not receive that. This same problem occurred several times through out the incident and led to continued confusion with units on the fire on where certain trucks were located. This type of confusion can result in a lack of accountability and can put firefighters at risk.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
As the fire progressed and the out of district resources continued to get confused on what County truck was what, we met face to face with the Division and IC and told them we will rename the trucks for the fire. We told them to call E1, E2, and several other Engines in the area. After we did that and identified the trucks with something that reflected there capabilities, there was no more occurrence of confusion.


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