Fire Cause Determination
Each BLM Module Leader is a qualified Fire Cause Determination Specialist. Since these individuals often have more than enough to do supervising their modules they may request and additional FCDS (Theresa Rigby and Erin Darboven are qualified) or ask NUIFC to dispatch a Fire Investigator. Refer to the SLFO SOP for dispatching Fire Investigators and Fire Cause Determination Specialists that can be found in the SOP book.
BLM: Refer to the BLM Salt Lake Office SOP for Fire Investigation dispatching. Dispatchers need to obtain the following information to relay to the Law Enforcement Officer.
Name of the IC or FCDS.
Cell phone number and radio channel of IC or FCDS.
Is there cell coverage?
Geographic location and a description of the route to fire investigation site.
Fire name and number.
What situation is present that requires the LEO presence?
USFS: A fire investigator should be dispatched to all non-lightning fires.
Serious Accident Investigation Team
The Intermountain Regional Office of the USFS (R04) is responsible for a serious accident investigation team. NUIFC is responsible for mobilization of this team. This may include creating the order (if the requesting unit has not done so), filling orders for local team members and/or creating name request orders for non-local team members. George Solverson is the coordinator of this team.