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SAFENET ID:
20170809-0001        [Corrective Actions]
Event Start Date:
08/02/2017 1400
Event Stop Date:
08/02/2017 1530 
Incident Name:
Sliderock Fire / Sapphire Complex
Fire Number:
MT-LNF-001239 
State:
Montana
Jurisdiction:
USFS
Local Unit:
Incident Type:
Wildland
Incident Activity:
Line
Stage of Incident:
Extended Attack
Position Title:
DIVISON SUPERVISOR 
Task:
Line Construction / Holding 
Management Level:
2
Resources Involved:
Crews, Equipment, Overhead,  
Contributing Factors
Contributing Factors:
Communications
Human Factors:
Situational Awareness  
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.
A medical emergency was broadcasted on our Tactical Channel and they were calling for Division Hotel.

My division was India, however Division Hotel was also using our tactical channel. Division Hotel did not have any resources and was on a scouting mission to find the best suitable path for line construction. I had to assume that maybe Hotel division had new resources that were not on the IAP and they had started to construct fire line from the road to our Division break.

The next transmission was that they were transporting the patient to the drop point. The drop point number was not a number that we had on our fire. At that point we figured that it was a fire adjacent to fire we were on.

Safety concern is using the same tactical frequencies on fires that are in close proximity to each other. Creating the confusion on one fire, with a medical emergency on another fire. Potentially, having unrelated radio traffic on a tactical channel that has been cleared for a medical emergency.
Immediate Action Taken
Reporting Individual : please describe actions you took to correct or mitigate the unsafe/unhealthful event.
We made the assumption if we could hear the medical emergency from the adjacent fire they could hear our transmissions from the fire I was assigned too. We stopped radio transmissions until the medical emergency was concluded.


Corrective Actions

20170809-0001-CA001

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