|(Photo credit: Always Remember)|
During the spring and early summer of 2013, the Mound House Staff Ride was presented multiple times to over 175 total people. Those attending were from the local district and local cooperators.
- The Bureau of Land Management’s Carson City District was experiencing an above average fire season.
- Fire danger indices were at very high to extreme levels.
- Acres burned were twice the annual average, and fire starts are well above average.
- Cooperative agreements were “old and weak between agencies” suggesting that they were out of date and/or not meeting the needs of the agencies involved. Most weren't even familiar with them.
- Communication along the front country was very poor.
- Eleven different departments responded to the Mound House fire, all having their own frequencies.
- No mutually agreed command or tactical frequencies were assigned.
- BLM had one command frequency and one simplex frequency.
- No dedicated air-to-ground was available.
- The engine crew involved in the burnover on the Mound House fire was a "thrown-together" crew.
- It was Keith Lemmons’ first day on the engine.
- Remembering and learning from our District’s history helps bring the importance of what we do closer to heart.
- Helped create District cohesion.
- Helped in the understanding of high reliability organizations (HROs).
- Provided plenty of examples of HRO and where understanding the concepts of HRO may have helped.
- Helped create even more District pride to see where we have come from.
- Helped identify areas that need focused attention.
- Provided an opportunity for the District’s cooperators to come together and learn and continue to develop positive working relationships.