"Firefighters know, if they're on a fire and need more resources - if we have it - they'll get it," said Matt Reidy, U.S. Forest Service fire safety staff-member. "When we get an incident and the fire bell rings, we all count on each other. The fire bell rings (and) you'll see all sorts of different -colored fire engines out there. We follow the "closest resource" protocol on an interagency basis. We've done that successfully for over a decade out of this La Grande office."
New technology has increased the connectivity of the Pacific Northwest Wildland Firefighting Community making it possible for agencies to exchange information and resources quickly.
Members of the Pacific Northwest Wildland Firefighting Community include: U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Oregon Department of Forestry and the Washington Department of Natural resources.
Firewatchers of all sorts can visit easy-to-use websites that will keep them apprised of wildfires on a daily basis. Visit the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center website at nwccweb.us for information about current fires, weather, Northwest fire history, prognostications and more. Also visit the National Interagency Fire Center (Boise) website at (www.nifc.gov) for information about national fire information and the Incident Information Website at (www.inciweb.org) for information about large fires nationwide.
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