Agency planning personnel work with risk assessment/predictive services to determine the needed preparedness levels. Based on this, personnel and equipment are pre-positioned in areas of the state deemed to be at risk before the fires start. The structure is flexible; based on the current fire risk and occurrence; and involves local, state, federal and contract resources. Regional Fire Coordinators are stationed around the state to manage fire response in their areas.and any additional resources that are moved to that area in preparation for wildfire activity.
Wildfires are fast-moving and dangerous. Anything that reduces response times and uncertainty on the fire line also reduces losses and increases safety.
Even a moderately sized wildfire may involve from two to 10 fire departments, numerous pieces of county equipment, local law enforcement, emergency medical services and resources from Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas National Guard, Governor’s Division of Emergency Management and multiple out-of-state cooperators.
All of these responders need to be organized before the fire starts to maximize safety and effectiveness.
Statewide, a fire season can easily involve hundreds of pieces of equipment and thousands of firefighters. Good planning and preparedness allows for a more effective and faster response, thereby reducing both losses and suppression cost.
Current Texas A&M Forest Services activities in these areas include:
E-mail alerts to local fire departments on days with red flag or high fire danger conditions
The statewide designation and use of three shared radio frequencies for local fire departments and state responders.
- Common wildfire and emergency management training for local, state and national firefighters
- Pre-positioning of essential supplies
- Repositioning and management of available resources based on current fire risk
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Contact Steven Carter
Texas A&M Forest Service
Regional Fire Coordinator - Killeen Region
1001 Leadership Place
PO Box 11958, Founders Hall, Room 409
Killeen, Texas 76549 Cell Phone:
Services provided in:
- Bell County, Texas
- Coryell County, Texas
- Hamilton County, Texas
- Milam County, Texas
- Mills County, Texas
- San Saba County, Texas