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Accession Number PB2013-105440
Title Best Practices for TxDOT on Handling Wildfires.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 154p
Personal Author D. Wilson M. Beierle P. T. Nash S. Senadherra W. Kumfer
Abstract The State of Texas suffered record-setting wildfires in 2011. More than 30,000 wildfires occurred, burning nearly four million acres. Although not directly responsible for fighting wildfires, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provides valuable support during fire-fighting operations. The purpose of this research was to document lessons learned during recent wildfire events and to better define the role of TxDOT in responding to wildfires leading to guidance on best practices. Researchers collected information from a number of agencies responsible for emergency operations during wildfire response, including the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Forest Service, The Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System, National Wildfire Coordination Group, and the Texas Interagency Coordination Center. Personnel from ten TxDOT districts were interviewed along with personnel from the Department of Public Safety, Texas Forest Service, Volunteer and Community Fire Departments, National Weather Service, and other City and County Officials. Questions used for the interviews covered categories of preparation, communication, responsibilities, and training. Many common responses were found, although several districts provided unique insights. Lack of reimbursement and concerns regarding safety during incident response were two main themes throughout the interviews. Best practices found during the study were collected, synthesized and presented to TxDOT employees in four regional workshops. These workshops were designed to address safety and effectiveness of TxDOT personnel in efforts to improve response to future wildfires.
Keywords Best practices
Emergency management
Fire fighting
State transportation department

Source Agency Federal Highway Administration
NTIS Subject Category 48D - Forestry
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
91C - Fire Services, Law Enforcement, & Criminal Justice
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
Corporate Author Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock. Center for Multidisciplinary Research in Transportation.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1312
Contract Number N/A

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