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FOREST SERVICE MANUAL

RUSSELLVILLE, AR

5100 - FIRE MANAGEMENT

OZARK SUPPLEMENT NO. 5100-92-2

Effective July 10, 1992

POSTING NOTICE. SUPPLEMENTS to this MANUAL are numbered consecutively. Check the last transmittal received for this manual to see that the above supplement number is in sequence. If not, order intervening supplements at once on form FS-1100-6. Do not post this supplement until the missing one(s) is received and posted. After posting retain this transmittal until the next supplement to this manual is received. Place it at the front of the manual behind the title page.

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Digest:

Updates outdated material. Remove existing supplements (green pages) to this chapter and place this document at the end of the chapter.

 

 

 

 

LYNN C. NEFF

Forest Supervisor


 

FSM 5100 - FIRE MANAGEMENT

OZARK SUPPLEMENT 5100-92-2

EFFECTIVE 07/10/92

5120 - PRESUPPRESSION MANAGEMENT

5123 - DISPATCHING

5123.22 - Dispatching Procedures

            1. Initial Attack. The Forest Dispatcher (D-2) located at Russellville, Arkansas shall provide initial attack dispatching for the Buffalo, Bayou, Pleasant Hill, Boston Mountain and Magazine Districts. Due to the limited communication capabilities from Russellville, the Sylamore and St. Francis Districts shall provide their own initial attack dispatching. When a wildfire occurs on the Sylamore or St. Francis Districts, the Forest Dispatcher must be notified as soon as possible. This notification should be within two (2) hours if the fire occurs during working hours and by 0900 the next morning for fires occurring outside of working hours.

If the Forest Dispatcher cannot be reached, the District Ranger will be responsible for initial dispatching for any fire that occurs on his/her district. The Forest Dispatcher should be contacted as soon as possible.

            2. Support. The Forest Dispatcher shall provide support dispatching Forestwide.

            3. Aircraft. All aircraft will be dispatched by the Forest Dispatcher.

            4. Morning Situation Reporting. Each morning as required, a morning situation report shall be turned into the Forest Dispatch office by 0900. The Buffalo, Bayou, Pleasant Hill, Boston Mountain and Magazine Districts shall report on resource location, prescribed burns planned and accomplished, weather conditions and other pertinent information relating to fire activity. The Sylamore and St. Francis Districts only need to send in a report when they have prescribed burn or fire activity. The Forest Dispatch Office shall notify all Districts when to initiate and terminate this report.

5126 - PRESUPPRESSION TRAINING AND QUALIFICATIONS

5126.02 - Objective. To establish a Fire and Aviation Management Advisory Committee on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests. The committee shall assess current and future Fire and Aviation Management Activities and needs and recommend actions to the Forest Supervisor.

5126.03 - Policy. The Ozark-St. Francis National Forest Fire and Aviation Management Advisory Committee shall consist of; the forest Fire Management Staff Officer, the forest Fire Management Officer, two District Rangers to be appointed by the Forest Supervisor, and one member from each of the other Districts. District representatives will be appointed by the District Ranger. District F.M.O.s or Assistant Rangers in charge of Fire Management are suggested as District representatives. Term of appointment will vary but should be long enough to provide continuity on the committee.

The Committee shall meet as needed, but at least twice annually, to:

            1. Assess current and future needs of the forest fire organization and make recommendations to the Forest Supervisor.

            2. Identify Incident Command System positions needed to meet present and future management objectives including the Forest's share of Regional needs.

            3. Review current fire qualifications of all fire qualified individuals on the forest and recommend additional training needs based on identified fire organization requirements and indicated individual preferences.

            4. Recommend needed fire and aviation training programs.

            5. Identify other fire and aviation related problems or opportunities (i.e. safety, equipment, suppression policy, etc.) and recommend suitable action plans to the Forest Supervisor.

Annually by August 1, the Committee will prepare a fire-training plan for approval by the Management Team and the Forest Supervisor, which will document recommendations developed in items 1-4 above.