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SAFENET ID:
20170729-0001
Event Start Date:
07/29/2017 1100
Event Stop Date:
07/29/2017 1125 
Incident Name:
Bitterroot ABCD Misc
Fire Number:
P1EKS4 (0103) 
State:
Montana
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Bitterroot National Forest
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Support
Stage of Incident:
Initial Attack
Position Title:
Dispatch Center Manager 
Task:
Communication Support to multiple Initial attack fires 
Management Level:
N/A
Resources Involved:
Bitterroot Forest Radio System 
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Equipment
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.
During a time with multiple new initial attack fires our radios malfunctioned leaving us with no communications with fire aircraft and ground resources. This created a dangerous situation where we were unable to receive crucial information about an active fire needing. This has been an ongoing issue, occurring a couple weeks ago during active fire activity and again yesterday when there were no impacts due to low activity. These issues are a total loss of communication on all frequencies on our dispatch radios.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
Called the individual districts to advise them and ask them if they could monitor radios for any traffic from their incidents. Radios came back on approx. 20-25 minutes after loss of use.


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