"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.

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