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Initial Attack Radio Frequencies

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    Radio users will observe the following priorities.

    • 1.

      Medical Emergencies

    • 2.

      New Incident Reports

    • 3.

      Administrative traffic

Dispatchers will immediately assign an Air to Ground and Tactical frequency prior to each dispatch (initial attack) in an effort to prevent bleed over from incident to incident.

All FS, FFSL, and BLM radios will have the following simplex frequencies programmed in:

Tactical Frequencies

    • 168.775

      Tac 1 BLM, Tac 2 USFS

    • 170.500

      Tac 2 BLM, Tac 1 USFS

    • 168.725

      Tac 3 BLM

    • 164.200

      Tac 4 BLM

    • 159.435

      Tac 5 BLM

Air to Ground Frequencies

    • 172.325

      Air/Gnd 1 BLM, Air/Gnd 2 USFS

    • 171.575

      Air/Gnd 2 BLM, Air/Gnd 1 USFS

    • 164.975

      Air/Gnd 3 BLM

State Fire Marshall 154.280


1) As soon as a fire report is received, the aircraft dispatcher or frequency coordinator will assign a Tac and Air/Gnd (if needed) frequency to the incident and notify the responding forces.

  • 2)

    If VFD's are responding they will be contacted on 154.280 (State Fire Marshall).

  • 3)

    In multiple fire scenarios, NUIFC will assign unused Tacs and Air/Gnds as needed.

Operation Levels

Preparedness Levels and Dispatch Levels will be established following the procedures outlined in the Northern Utah Interagency Fire Danger Operating and Preparedness Plan. Instructions for determining preparedness and dispatch levels can be found in the operating plan and the WIMS book. If the dispatch level or preparedness levels change by more than one level in a day, dispatchers will call the duty officers for the agencies to validate the information.


Northern Utah Interagency Fire Center will fill orders with the best, most logical source available. This choice will be made on the basis of urgency or need, availability, delivery time, reasonable cost effectiveness, operational impact on other units, consideration of integrity of the overall program, and above all, safety. Units filling requests for personnel are responsible for ensuring all performance criteria/qualifications are met.

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