Morning Briefings With Incident Management Team
- Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 21:35
On Sunday evening, July 22nd personnel from the Rocky Mountain Incident Management Team Type 2 Team B started showing up in Ainsworth. By Tuesday, July 24th the Incident Management Team was up and running with nearly 300 people on hand.
Im the peak of the fire, there were 480 people in Ainsworth associated with the Incident Management Team from all over the western United States.
With them came several semi trailers. One trailer held supplies that firefighters and administrative personnel could check out. Those items included tents, sleeping bags, clothes, gas cans and much more. People were lined up at another semi trailer for sack lunches along with ice and water.
Another semi trailer held the mobile kitchen where people could get breakfast and supper. There was a large tent with coffee, pop and other meal supplies. A second large tent was used for those who wanted to sit down and eat their meals. There was a tent that contained portable showers.
The entire facility had a paramilitary feel to it. Everything was organized and regimented to ensure that everything went smoothly and the firefighters got what they needed when they needed it.
There was even a security force that controlled the compound allowing in only those that needed to be there or had permission.
The Incident Management Team took over the Ainsworth Conference Center as their headquarters. Phone lines were installed and the gymnasium was lined with desks and work stations for the various departments.
Each day a morning report and evening report was posted, giving statistics such as size of force, what happened yesterday and the plan of attack for today, weather, fire behavior and much more.