Working through the chaos: How firefighters tackle wildfires

Published: Friday, July 6 2012 6:50 a.m. MDT

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Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
“It’s kind of complicated,” said Coy Porter, Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal, in an interview with the Deseret News. “Once you’re into the system, it flows really well. The push is to keep it at a manageable number so that you’re not reporting or being reported to more than optimally five people.”

After arriving at the scene of an emergency, firefighters are asked to size up the situation and report back via radio, Porter said. The size-up can range anywhere between a false alarm to a full-scale fire.

The firefighters report if smoke is showing, if there is visible fire and, if there are flames, the magnitude of the incident.

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