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[IDHS] IDHS Coordinates Responders' Deployment to Alaska Wildfires
Start Date: 7/9/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/9/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has coordinated the deployment of four responders to Tok, Alaska, to shadow key positions and assist in operational response to the Moon Lake wildfires that have affected nearly 65,000 acres.

The Indiana team deployed on Tuesday, July 9 and will return Tuesday, July 16.

IDHS team members are Cliff Weaver from Evansville Fire Department, Megan Thiele from Decatur Township Fire Department, Roger Powers from DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency and Chris Walker from Ft. Wayne Fire Department.

All will shadow their designated positions and be very involved in operations. Responders and their positions are:
  • Weaver, incident commander, will oversee a management team and be responsible for the overall incident response.
  • Thiele, planning section chief, will organize resources and develop strategies, tactics, and objectives.
  • Powers, finance section chief, will focus on documenting cost of an incident and manages all financial aspects. 
  • Walker, logistics section chief, supports the individuals affected by the incident, especially dealing with details of food, medical services, and communication.
The growing blaze has scorched about 65,000 acres. Alaska state and federal fire management officials have released that more than 800 people have been evacuated as the wildfire threatens the area northeast of Fairbanks, AK.


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