The Morning Report

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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INCIDENTS



Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park (GA)
Ranger Forestalls Attempted Suicide On Lookout Mountain

Ranger Justin Young began a search for a missing 29-year-old woman on Wednesday, May 27th, after receiving a 911 call reporting her missing on Lookout Mountain.

The woman’s family had contacted police after their bipolar and suicidal daughter, who had been acting irrationally, vanished from their house by way of a taxi.  A business on Lookout Mountain had informed the Lookout Mountain Police Department that the woman was seeking directions to Sunset Rock, a favorite overlook. 

Young located the woman two steps from the cliff face at about 6:30 p.m.  After blocking her route to the edge, he began talking to the distraught woman about her plans to harm herself. He was later assisted by local police. The woman believed that she was the anti-Christ and that her soul had been taken away by God. 

The woman was taken back to the main road, where a family member took custody of her. 

[Submitted by Todd Roeder, Chief Ranger]


Badlands National Park (SD)
Ranger Assists With Intervention In Attempted Suicide

On the afternoon of May 25th, the Pennington County emergency communications center in Rapid City asked Ranger Tyson Nehring to respond to a suicide attempt in progress at the Forever Resorts Hotel near Interior, South Dakota. A 25-year-old woman had consumed alcohol mixed with prescription medications and had cut her wrists with a razor blade.

Nehring provided an initial size-up to responding Jackson County officers and EMS personnel, then assisted personnel from the Interior VFD until an ambulance arrived 45 minutes after the initial contact.

The woman was transported to Rapid City Regional Hospital by ambulance. Nehring assisted the sheriff's department with the initial field investigation.       

[Submitted by Casey J. Osback, Chief Ranger]


FIRE MANAGEMENT



NIFC/NPS Fire and Aviation Management
National Fire/Incident Situation Highlights

National Fire Activity – Preparedness Level 1

NIFC is at Preparedness Level 1.

Fire Weather Forecast

A weak upper trough will move into the West, bringing scattered showers and thunderstorms to the Northwest and the northern Rockies. Some rain could be heavy from eastern Washington to North Dakota. Southwesterly flow across the Southwest will bring warm and dry conditions to the region. An upper trough will settle over the East and bring rain and thunderstorms along the eastern states from New England to central Gulf. Hot and humid conditions will continue over the Plains. In Alaska, a trough will bring cooler conditions to the northern half of the state with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the south.

To see a NOAA map of today’s critical fire weather areas, click on this link: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/products/fire_wx/fwdy1.html

Fire Summary (Five Day Trend)

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Thu

Fri

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6/1

6/2

6/3

6/4

6/5

Initial Attack Fires

174

96

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New Large Fires

2

2

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Large Fires Contained

2

0

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Uncontained Large Fires

2

4

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National Resource Commitments (Five Day Trend)

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6/1

6/2

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Area Command Teams

0

0

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NIMO Teams

0

0

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Type 1 Teams

0

0

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Type 2 Teams

1

1

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NPS Fire Summaries

Big Cypress NP – The Mud Lake Complex at Big Cypress is now 75% contained. Two new fires started outside the Mud Lake Complex on Sunday and are being managed by the IMT. The complex itself has not grown in size. Today crews will continue to standby for initial attack, continue initial and extended attack on new fires outside of the Mud Lake Complex, monitor existing containment lines, mop up the fire perimeter, improve planned containment lines, provide point protection, and, where appropriate, repair fire perimeters to meet agency standards. For additional information, including maps and photos, go to this InciWeb site.

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For additional information on all fires, check the following web sites:


NEWS AND NOTES



San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (CA)
Schooner Alma Wins Division In Master Mariners Regatta

The results are in, and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s 1891 NHL scow schooner Alma has taken the Big Schooner Division trophy in the 2015 Master Mariners Regatta.

The schooner's doughty crew of park staff and volunteers finished the 14-mile course a full 20 minutes ahead their closest competition. All due props to NPS deckhand Derek Mantor, whose steady throwing arm tagged the final buoy with a potato in traditional Big Schooner style, allowing the boat to skip that mark and speed to victory.

The park’s restored 1931 sloop Merry Bear, crewed by Curator John Muir and Superintendent Kevin Hendricks, also hit the Master Mariner's starting line in the hard-fought Bears Division. 

This traditional boat regatta traces its roots to a 1867 Fourth of July race between working vessels -- coastal schooners and sailing scows. The regatta ran until the late 1800s as an Independence Day event, and was then revived in 1965 to honor National Maritime Day. 

[Submitted by Lynn Cullivan, lynn_cullivan@nps.gov, 415-561-7006]


Midwest Region
Larry Johnson Selected As Ozark NSR Superintendent

Larry Johnson, a 32-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been selected as the new superintendent of Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

Johnson is currently the superintendent of Jewel Cave National Monument in South Dakota, and since January, 2015, has been on a detail assignment to Ozark NSR as acting superintendent. He begins his new assignment in mid-June.

“Larry has a wealth of experience that he brings to this position,” said Midwest Regional Director Cam Sholly. “He served as the chief ranger at the park earlier in his career, and his familiarity with the community, the issues and the staff will be an asset. He is assuming leadership at an important time as the park is engaging the community in ongoing planning efforts. Larry’s experience in collaboration and partnerships will serve the park well.”

“It’s a privilege and an honor to be able to return to Ozark Riverways as the superintendent,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with the employees and communities as we partner to make the park the best it can be.”

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in outdoor recreation resource management from Iowa State University, and completed Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Program, the NPS New Superintendent Academy, and the National Parks Institute.

A native of Des Moines, Iowa, he began his NPS career at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site as a supervisory park ranger. He has also worked as a district ranger at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Yellowstone National Park, and Voyageurs National Park, where he earned the Midwest Region’s Harry Yount Award for excellence in rangering.

He served as the chief ranger at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and also served as acting deputy superintendent at Badlands National Park.

Johnson and his wife, Jan, a writer and artist, enjoy hiking and bicycling, visiting historic sites, and researching family history.

[Submitted by J. Michael Johnson]


United States Park Police
Reception Held To Honor Fallen Officers

On May 13th, the United States Park Police and the Fraternal Order of Police United States Park Police Labor Committee hosted a reception to honor police officers who have died in the line of duty and their families. 

The reception took place at the Anacostia Park aviation hanger and included U.S. Park Police officers and National Park Service law enforcement rangers who wished to honor our fallen heroes and reflect on their ultimate sacrifice together.

Family members and guests attended the reception before attending the 27th Annual Candlelight Vigil at The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial later in the evening.

Appearing in the photo above, from left to right, are Lt. Wayne Bridgeforth, Lt. Russ Fennelly, Capt. Tom Neider, Doug Bottamiller, Eileen Bottamiller, Diane Petrella, Ron Petrella, Chief Rob MacLean, Eshe Farthing, Lt. Craig Green, Lt. Al Griffith, A/Chief Pat Smith, D/C Scott Fear and D/C Jackie Burks.

Ron Petrella is the son of Officer Michael Petrella. Doug Bottamiller is a cousin of Officer Raymond Hawkins. Eshe Farthing is the sister of Officer Hakim Farthing.

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]


United States Park Police
Dispatcher Lina Pierini Recognized For Service

On Wednesday, May 6th, United States Park Police Chief Robert D. MacLean presented Linda Pierini with a certificate recognizing her 30 years of government service, 21 of them with the U.S. Park Police.  

Linda started with the federal government in October, 1984. working with the U.S. Army Finance and Accounting Section, first as a clerk and later worked her way up to chief of the Travel Section. 

In 1994 the Army closed down their offices on the Presidio. Instead of moving off to Moffett Air Force Base in Sunnyvale, California, Linda applied for a dispatch position with the Park Police.

Linda is very dedicated to her work.

"I love my job as dispatcher,” she says. “I work with 9-1-1 and dispatch U.S. Park Police, NPS rangers, Fish and Wildlife officers, and assorted other divisions. We are a 9-1-1 call center and take all types of calls for medical and fire and police response to situations,  I am very proud to work with law enforcement and I really respect the jobs that they are doing."

Chief MacLean presented Linda with her certificate and thanked her for her continued dedication and service in the important role that she plays in the U.S. Park Police dispatch center. 

[Submitted by Sergeant Lelani Woods, Public Information Officer]


CAREER OPPORTUNITIES



Cultural Resources
GS-0150/1370-11/12 Enterprise GIS Specialist

Dates: 05/26/2015 - 06/09/2015

The Cultural Resources Directorate is seeking candidates for a position as an enterprise GIS specialist.

Click on the link below for a copy of the announcement with full details on duties, area information, and procedures for applying.

It closes on June 9th.
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NPS Career Academy for VRP
GS-0201-12 Human Resources Specialist (Lateral)

Dates: 06/01/2015 - 06/12/2015

The Denver Servicing Human Resources Office is seeking applicants interested in a lateral reassignment to a permanent human resources specialist position located in the Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Utah.

This position is located in a satellite office of the Intermountain Region’s Servicing Human Resources Office at Canyonlands National Park and provides human resources assistance to the Southeast Utah Group. The person selected will perform the full range of tasks in staffing and recruitment, position management, performance management, pay administration and OWCP.  He/she will report directly to a supervisory human resources specialist located in the Denver SHRO.  

Canyonlands National Park preserves a wilderness of rock at the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Water and gravity have been prime architects of this land, cutting flat layers of sedimentary rock into hundreds of canyons, mesa, buttes, fins, arches, and spires. At center stage are two canyons carved by the Green and Colorado Rivers.

Duty station is the headquarters office for Canyonlands and Arches National Parks located in Moab, Utah. A town of approximately 6,000 residents sitting at a 4,000 foot elevation, Moab provides all basic amenities including doctors, dentists, hospital, schools (K-12), churches, and shopping.

Canyonlands is part of the Southeast Utah Group (SEUG) which is comprised of two parks and two national monuments: Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Natural Bridges National Monument.

The duty station is the headquarters offices for Canyonlands National Park located in Moab, Utah. Park housing is not available. Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.

For more information on this position, please contact Sue Willis at 303-969-2335 or email at Sue_Willis@nps.gov .

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Current resume/application with hours per week worked.
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status.  NO award SF-50’s please.

Please submit (through Bison Connect) application packets to Rebecca Snavley, via email to rebecca_snavley@nps.gov. Completed packets must be received no later than COB on June 12th (5:00 p.m. Mountain Time) 

[Submitted by Sue Willis, sue_willis@nps.gov, 303-969-2335]


Intermountain Region
GS-1015-9/11 Museum Curator

Dates: 05/28/2015 - 06/11/2015

Pipe Spring National Monument in Arizona is seeking candidates to fill a museum curator position.  The announcement closes on June 11th. Click on link below for a description of duties, area information, and details on how to apply.

[Submitted by Janel R. Bassett, janel_bassett@nps.gov, 435-772-0154]

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Geologic Resources Division
GS-12 Renewable Energy Specialist (Detail)

Dates: 06/29/2015 - 09/25/2015

Pacific West Regional Office and the Mojave Network parks are seeking candidates for a detail of 90 to 120 days as a renewable energy specialist.

A detail is a temporary assignment of an employee to a different position for a specific period, with the employee returning to his/her regular duties at the end of the assignment. While on detail, the employee continues to hold his/her official position from which detailed and keeps the same status and grade.

This is strictly a detail opportunity, not a temporary promotion.  Typically, the selectee's salary will continue to be paid by their home park/office or agency, and travel and per diem will be paid by the San Francisco Regional Office; other arrangements regarding salary and travel costs may be negotiable.  Government housing is unlikely to be available.

In order to be considered for a detail of 120 days or less, an employee does not have to hold the same series and grade as the detail position.  Employees at lower grade levels and in different occupational series may apply and will be considered.

The grade level for the position is GS-12. The location is negotiable - potential duty locations include Death Valley NP, Mojave NP, Joshua Tree NP, Lake Mead NRA, or the San Francisco Regional Office. The EOD date (negotiable) is June 29th.

The renewable energy specialist is part of a core NPS External Renewable Energy Team and is responsible for tracking renewable energy projects; providing technical support and guidance to parks and regions; interfacing with counterparts in other agencies; identifying key resource concerns that warrant further engagement by the NPS; and helping parks with advocating for siting, design features, and mitigation measures to protect park resources and values.  The position also participates on interagency teams that address regional energy and transmission planning.  The position will work closely with the Pacific West Regional and the Washington Offices to ensure a coordinated and consistent effort Service-wide.  The position has a flexible location.

To apply:

  1. Interested individuals should discuss the opportunity with their first-line supervisor and obtain concurrence from the Superintendent or Manager prior to applying.
  2. Once approval is gained, interested individuals should submit a one-page resume detailing work history, educational background, and any special qualifications/certifications they might possess.  Resume should be submitted by electronic mail to sarah_quinn@nps.gov no later than June 12th.  Include "Acting Renewable Energy Specialist" in the subject line of the email.
  3. Please contact Sarah Quinn, NPS External Renewable Energy Program Lead, at (303) 969-2094 or Lara Rozzell, PWR Renewable Energy Coordinator, at (415) 825-0245, with any additional questions about this developmental opportunity.

The announcement closes on June 12th.

[Submitted by Sarah Quinn, sarah_quinn@nps.gov, (303) 969-2094]

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