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Winding down and getting ready for the fall
Posted: Friday, October 2, 2015

Dear Inbound friends and family,

The weather conditions are finally cooperating and our readiness condition is being lowered to Low Condition (Green). This condition is declared when there is a low risk of wildland fire. Inbound takes the following general measures to ensure readiness:

Refining response plan and exercising as appropriate;
Ensuring personnel receive proper training and are ready for deployment;
Institutionalizing a process to assure that all facilities and personnel are regularly assessed for vulnerabilities to wildland fire preparedness, and all reasonable measures are taken to mitigate these vulnerabilities;
Require essential personnel to check in every other week.

We are not out of fire season yet. In the past few years we have been dispatched in October and even worked into November. We have one hand crew and several engines available, so please continue to check in, or let us know if you are NOT available as well.

Boot and driving bonus checks will go out next Wednesday, so be checking your mailboxes next Friday. If you have changed your address or phone number, please send us an email so we can keep our records up to date. We will send out W2s in January and refresher trainings will start in March. A full calendar of training events will be here on Facebook and on our website by mid Jan.

Thank you all for your commitment to success this past season. Our hand crews worked about 100 days and our engines worked over 260 shifts. The extra work you all put in during the preseason showed in your readiness and success.

We will be offering the S131/S133 Squad Boss Class, probably in March. This is a two day course and is required for all experienced firefighters to be promoted to ICT5/Squad Boss/FFT1.

We will also offer a one day radio programming and GPS class. It is our goal that all experienced firefighters know how to hand program a radio (and troubleshoot), spin weather, give a radio report (on size up or weather), and effectively use our GPS capabilities, to include geocaching photos and sending a report to overhead using bluetooth. This class will also evaluate emerging technologies that might be useful as a career wildland firefighter. We will ask you to put in some precourse work, and get familiar with AVENZA on your smart phone.

We are trying to locate an S271, Helicopter Crew Member class for those who took the S270 last year. We may also offer an S390 and S330 Task Force Leader courses if we can collaborate with a few other contractors to get an instructor here. We will probably offer S219 Ignition Specialist and S215 Urban Interface as well. Of course we will offer the S212 saw class, probably in June/July before the final ALL HANDS training day.

I am asking all firefighters who want a career as a wildland firefighter to put in some extra work this off season. Study your trade...Don't let your fire legs get away from you and continue your training regimes...Research emerging technologies and bring ideas to the one day technology class...Take advantage of company provided training events...and take steps to make the community where you live safer and better. Make sure your equipment is properly maintained and show up fit for duty next spring, properly equipped for success.

I am excited for your success! I am proud of you and your hard work. Let's be ready to look in the mirror and do what it takes to continue to improve. I am looking forward to hearing your ideas and watching your growth!

Blessings, Dillon

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