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Media Calls

Dispatchers will direct all media calls to a supervisor or a qualified information officer. All personnel are expected to treat the media with respect. It is never appropriate to hang up or respond to the media with rude behavior.

Primary Information Officers are: BLM Salt Lake Field Office: Theresa Rigby, Erin Darboven USFS Wasatch-Cache National Forest: Kathy Jo Pollock USFS Uinta National Forest: Loyal Clark State of Utah Forestry Fire and State Lands: Dave Dalrymple

Ordering Channels

NUIFC dispatchers will use the established ordering channels for all orders. NUIFC will place orders first with adjacent dispatch centers identified in the ROSS neighborhood agreement and then with the appropriate desk at Eastern Great Basin if adjacent centers are unable to fill the request. In GACC preparedness levels 4 and 5 Eastern Great Basin may choose to limit neighborhood orders.

Incident Numbering and Cost Coding

NUIFC maintains a fire numbers book for assigning codes to incidents. Incident numbers will be consistent with national standards. (Example UT-NUC-001)All incidents will receive a unique NUC number obtained from WildCAD. NUC will be changed to the appropriate agency identifier for documentation purposes and resource orders. The agency ID will be picked from the list of Host Units in the ROSS New Incident Screen.

Cost codes for Federal Fires and State fires that utilize federal resources will be established using the interagency Firecode system. State incidents that do not use federal resources will not be issued a firecode. Dispatchers will follow the instructions in the Firecode user guide for making notifications and assigning prefixes. See the Incident Numbering SOP and fire numbers book for further direction on cost coding.

Resource Tracking

  • Initial attack resources will be placed in service in the morning and out of service in the evening in WildCAD or on a daily resource tracking sheet.

  • Initial attack resources responding to an incident will be tracked in WildCAD or on an Initial Attack Incident Log until released from the incident.

  • Aircraft orders will be tracked on Aircraft Resource Order Cards.

  • Engines, hand crews, and helitack dispatched off unit will be required to check-in with Eastern Great Basin via the 1-800-number every two hours or as close to that as possible in order to facilitate divert or cancellation orders. Helicopter flight crews should check-in during fuel stops.

  • Overhead resources will use ROSS web statusing to update their availability unless special arrangements have been made to have NUIFC report their availability.

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