Emergency Management Exercise On For Tomorrow, Wedneday, 4/20/2011

Carson City, NV…On Wednesday, April 20th, 2011, Douglas County Emergency Management and Sierra Front Wildland Fire Cooperators will host a regional wildland fire unified command exercise at East Fork Fire Station 12, located at 3620 North Sunridge Dr, Carson City, County of Douglas.

The event is designed to exercise inter-agency involvement during a large scale man-made or natural disaster utilizing the federally mandated National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Two events will be occurring simultaneously. First, senior ranking fire and law enforcement personnel will respond and manage a simulated large-scale wildland fire. Second, Douglas County Emergency Management personnel will discuss and role-play utilization of an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to assist in large-scale incident management. The exercise is designed to provide overall incident management skills to key staff operating within the EOC rather than field level tactical skills.

Numerous public safety agencies will participate in the event, including personnel from East Fork Fire and Paramedic District, Tahoe-Douglas Fire District, Carson City Fire-Department, US Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, Nevada Division of Forestry, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Nevada Highway Patrol, Nevada Department of Transportation, and numerous public utility companies.

The planned scenario will simulate that a small brush fire has started alongside US Hwy 50, approximately halfway up the grade to Spooner Summit. It will be simulated that the fire has occurred during the dry summer month of August, and therefore brush fuels will be extremely susceptible to combustion. Afternoon winds have complicated containment of the fire, causing it to quickly expand. The fire then starts burning downhill toward Clear Creek Rd. At a particular point in the scenario the fire will “jump” across US Hwy 50, further expanding complexity of the event by simulating requirement for closure of US Hwy 50 and evacuation of residences in danger.

Tod Carlini, Chief of East Fork Fire and Paramedic District and Director of Douglas County Emergency Management will host the event.